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Thomas Tuchel ‘did not request Chelsea signing’ as club look to solve ‘problem’

Saul Niguez has struggled to make an impact for Chelsea (Getty)

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel did not request the signing of Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, according to reports in Spain.

The Spain international joined Chelsea in a surprise season-long loan from Atletico Madrid on the final day of the summer transfer window.

However, Saul has been unable to make an impact since moving to Chelsea and has made just five appearances for the Champions League holders this season.

According to Cadena SER, Chelsea had not planned to sign Saul in the summer window and the move was done as a ‘favour’ for the midfielder’s representatives.

The report claims that Atletico Madrid are already aware that Chelsea do not want to take up their option of making the loan deal permanent for £34 million next summer.

Saul is now attempting to convince Tuchel that he is good enough to secure a regular role in Chelsea’s midfield, but the Spaniard now faces even more competition following the impressive recent performances from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley.

Saul Niguez has completed only one game for Chelsea this season (Getty)

Last month, Saul completed his first 90 minutes since joining Chelsea in the win over Southampton in the Carabao Cup.

Speaking after the game, Tuchel said he was encouraged by Saul’s display and admitted he has concerns over the midfielder’s ability to cope with the intensity of the game.

‘Was a good match, a huge step in the right direction for him. I am happy,’ said the Chelsea manager.

‘We thought maybe he would be struggling with the intensity at the 70th minute but he got better and better, had chances and shots.

‘We thought let’s keep him and give him the minutes. It was a good step for him.’

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