MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 24:  Saul Niguez of Atletico Madrid celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between  Club Atletico de Madrid and Villarreal CF at Wanda Metropolitano on February 24, 2019 in Madrid, Spain.
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Saul Niguez has just joined Chelsea, European Champions on a loan with a permanent deal in view.

The European Champions have completed the signing of Atletico Madrid midfielder and Spain International Saul Niguez on loan for the remainder of the season.

Chelsea was successful with a late move for Saul on the D-day and reportedly have an option to buy for £34million after paying an initial loan fee of £5.8million.

Saul had been linked with Liverpool and Manchester United in the past but will get his first experience of playing in the Premier League for the Blues.

KRAKOW, POLAND - JUNE 27:  Saul Niguez of Spain celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the UEFA European Under-21 Championship Semi Final match between Spain and Italy at Krakow Stadium on June 27, 2017 in Krakow, Poland.
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The 26-year-old was part of Atleti’s title-winning side last season, but Diego Simeone refused to rule out the prospect of the player leaving after a 2-2 draw with Villarreal on Sunday.

Saul is contacted to the reigning Spanish Champions until 2026 but may have played his last game for the club.

“I am very excited to start this new challenge with Chelsea. Blues fans, I am one of you now and I can’t wait to wear the shirt,start training and see all of you. See you soon!” Saul Niguez said.

Saul’s arrival comes after Chelsea paid out a club-record fee to bring Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge from Inter earlier in the same transfer window.

Marina Granovskaia club director said of the last recruit: “We welcome Saul to the club and believe he completes our squad as we compete for honours in five different competitions this season.

“He is a proven winner, a player with huge experience and we know he will be very well suited to the challenges that face us on all fronts in the coming year.”

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