Thomas Tuchel has revealed Saul Niguez was on Chelsea’s radar “for years” before the Spain international completed a deadline day loan move from Atletico Madrid.
The German also confirmed the European champions will be at the head of the queue for Saul if he proves a success this season.
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Tuchel said: “We have the chance, which is good, and now it’s on us and the player, and we can get to know each other in detail and see if this is a good fit.
“We were looking, not desperately, but we were looking for alternatives. Saul has been on the radar for Chelsea for many years. I’ve known the player for many years and I fought at other clubs for him, but it wasn’t possible.
“So when the situation was that we could have a loan, we were excited about it. He has exactly the type of profile we need to give Jorginho and N’Golo (Kante) a break they need sometimes.”
Despite having one of the strongest midfields in the Premier League, with Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek back from loan moves last season, Tuchel was concerned about his depth of options if there were injuries to key players Kante or Jorginho.
“We were the better team and deserved to win,” Thomas Tuchel told a press...