Man City snubbed Saul Niguez exchange deal before Chelsea swooped
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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola turned down the chance to sign Saul Niguez on Deadline Day.
Niguez, 25, joined Chelsea on a season-long loan from Atletico Madrid just before last week’s transfer deadline.
The Blues have the option to make that a permanent £30million switch next summer.
He has been handed the No.17 shirt at Stamford Bridge and in an interview with the club's official website, expressed his happiness at having joined the west London club.
However, that deal only came about after Atletico had tried – and failed – to flog him to City as part of a cash-plus-player swoop for Bernardo Silva.
City rejected that bid as they wanted £40million outright for Portuguese midfielder Silva – while Guardiola had no interest in adding Niguez to his squad.
That allowed Chelsea to swoop in and complete a last-ditch deal for the talented Spaniard, who is in line to make his Premier League debut against Aston Villa next weekend.
Speaking to the club's official website in his first full interview, Niguez talked about the madness of Deadline Day – but not his failed move to Manchester City.
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"I’ve spent 15 years at Atletico Madrid, it’s my home. And then, when the opportunity to join Chelsea came up, I couldn’t turn it down," he began.
"The last day of the transfer window was crazy but in the end I could come here, as we all were hoping, so I have to seize this chance."
Niguez will be flanked at Chelsea by fellow Spaniards Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso and Kepa Arrizabalaga, something that he says was important when deciding to join the club.
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"It’s really important. Having [Cesar] Azpilicueta, Marcos [Alonso] and Kepa, especially Kepa, who has shared a room with me since we started playing for the Spanish national youth team.
"But I already told Kepa to speak to me in English because I need to learn and get used to it.
"I don’t want to speak in Spanish with them. He can help me, but I’ll try to speak to him in English as much as I can, unless I’m really struggling."
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