The midfielder is counting on his teammate in Spain to help him learn the language and get used to the culture
Saul Niguez, a new signing for Chelsea, says he is hoping for a quick adaptation to life in London and has already asked compatriot Kepa Arrizabalaga to speak to him only in English.
The midfielder transferred a deadline to Stamford Bridge from Atletico Madrid a loan agreement that can become permanent at the end of the season.
Saul, 26, says he has always wanted to play in the Premier League and hopes to pick up the language as soon as possible.
What was said?
“I spent 15 years at Atletico Madrid, this is my home. When I got the chance to join Chelsea, I could not turn it down,” he told the club. website.
“The last day of the transfer window was crazy, but eventually I was able to get here, as we all hoped, so I have to seize this opportunity. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always had two goals – to make history at Atletico Madrid and to play in the Premier League, not only because of the league itself, but also because of the culture and language.
“The language is a big challenge for me, and I want to learn it as soon as possible to communicate simply and comfortably with my teammates. At Atletico, I have [Kieran] Trippier, but my English is not good enough. I dare not even do interviews in English!
‘It’s really important [having Spanish players around]. Has [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.
“I have already told Kepa to speak to me in English because I have to learn and get used to it. I do not want to speak to them in Spanish. He can help me, but I will try to speak to him in English. as much as I can, unless I’m really struggling. ”
What number will Saul carry for Chelsea?
Saul got a well-known number in the Chelsea team. The club announced on Thursday that he will wear the number 17 jersey for the Blues.
This is the number he got early in his senior career at Atletico Madrid and wore it for two years before switching to number 8.