Thomas Tuchel betrays Saul Niguez 'promise' as Chelsea battle to Carabao Cup win

Saul’s final season in the Spanish capital was marred by frustration, with boss Diego Simeone using him mainly as a utility man, often having to fill in at full-back. 

In that sense, he was a victim of his own versatility, but Goal claim that Tuchel made a personal call to the player, outlining his plans to use him solely as a central-midfielder. 

With this in mind, Chelsea’s new man must feel bemused that he was only given one opportunity to shine in his preferred position before being shifted out wide. 

After sealing his deadline day signing, he said: “To return to certain roles that I do not play in now – that is the most important reason for my decision [to sign for Chelsea].

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