Thomas Tuchel has told Chelsea fans that the club will make a decision over the future of Saul Niguez at the end of the season, and will hold talks with the midfielder at some point
Niguez was regarded as one of the finest players in Spanish football just a few seasons ago, and was being chased by all the biggest clubs in the game, but after falling down the pecking order at Madrid, he decided to leave the club on loan for the season.
And after a tricky start to life in the Premier League – Iy looked as though Saul was slowly becoming a more important member of Tuchel’s squad at the turn of the year but he has slipped down the pecking order again in recent months, making just one appearance since March 10.
That has led to many reports in the media which have suggested that he will not get handed that permanent move to the club, and many are wondering just what Tuchel will decide about his future at the club.
Tuchel says he is ‘very grateful’ to the loanee for his professionalism and input in training, but has refused to rule out the possibility of the midfielder extending his stay in west London.
We will talk about it at the end of the season,’ Tuchel said when asked about Saul’s future at the club.
‘At the moment, it is a difficult situation for him personally, but I like that he still gives his input.
‘It is like this in team sports that even if it does not make you happy – and I am sure he is not – he is still positive and still pushing, he takes care about the quality in training with the group that doesn’t play so much.
‘It means a lot to me and the atmosphere in the dressing room that he stays competitive within the group.
‘I don’t have a lot of good news for him when I tell him the starting line-up. But he needs to stay involved mentally and physically, that is what he does, although it is not easy.
‘We are very grateful, we also demand it, but it tells us he is a real sportsman.
‘For the end of the season, now is not the moment, but we still need to fight for qualification for the Champions League and the best possible outcome. We have a final to play. We will talk when it is time.’