Chelsea sign Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez on season-long loan


Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez on a season-long loan with the option to buy.

The 26-year-old midfielder is under contract at Atletico until 2026.

Saul's arrival makes him Chelsea's final signing of the window.

On switching to London, Saul said: "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 has fallen down the pecking order at Atletico. He played 33 games last season as Atletico won La Liga, scoring two goals. But Diego Simeone's side have signed Rodrigo de Paul this summer, who plays in central midfield. He started the club's opening two La Liga games this campaign but was dropped to the bench for their recent 2-2 draw against Villarreal, appearing as a second-half substitute.

He broke through at Atletico, making his first-team debut for the club against Besiktas in March 2012. He has played 230 times for them in the league, scoring 26 goals.

During his time in the first-team, Atletico have won La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the Europa League twice and the UEFA Super Cup. They also finished as runners-up in the Champions League final in 2015-16.

Saul has also picked up 19 senior Spain caps.