Saul relied on Fabrizio Romano’s tweets to find out if Chelsea transfer happened
Saul Niguez has revealed how he relied on journalist Fabrizio Romano’s tweets in the early hours of deadline day to see whether his move from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea was happening.
The midfielder ended up joining the Blues on a season-long loan on deadline day for an initial fee of £3.4million and an option to make the deal permanent for £30million next summer.
He made over 300 appearances for the Spanish side since breaking through in 2012 and won La Liga under Diego Simeone last season, but had faced a drop in form in recent seasons which led him to look for other clubs.
And the 26-year-old claimed when talking to Romano on a live Twitch stream that he was sitting with friends checking the transfer guru’s tweets at 00:20 on deadline day to see if he had signed for the west London club.
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Romano is known for being one of the most trustworthy sourced when it comes to transfer news to such an extent that even players await and interact with his famous ‘here we go’ tweets, signalling an imminent move.
However, the Spaniard has had a less than impressive start to his career at Stamford Bridge, struggling on his debut in the 3-0 win against Aston Villa on Saturday.
Chelsea won courtesy of two goals from fellow new arrival Romelu Lukaku and Mateo Kovacic but Saul looked out of form as he gifted Villa the ball on several occasions.
His struggles eventually led manager Thomas Tuchel to make the bold decision to substitute him off at half-time for Jorginho.
Do you think Saul's form will improve this season under Tuchel? Let us know in the comments section.
Saul also revealed on the stream that it was defender Thiago Silva who consoled him after the match.
He said: “After my poor performance in my first match Thiago Silva in particular supported me a lot. ‘My first game with Chelsea was much worse, believe me and don’t worry’ he said.”
Chelsea face rivals Tottenham Hotspur next in the Premier League which is set to be a feisty encounter, though it is unclear whether Tuchel will throw the midfielder into the deep-end with an appearance in the away clash.
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