aul Niguez insists his time at Chelsea has been a “good experience” despite struggling to convince at Stamford Bridge.
One of Europe’s finest midfielders earlier in his career, the Spain international joined Thomas Tuchel’s side with a proven track record at the highest level, having won La Liga and the Europa League with the Atletico Madrid while reaching the Champions League final.
Things got off to a bad start, however, with the 27-year-old suffering a nightmarish debut against Aston Villa, during which he was sent off at half-time after looking hopelessly late.
Saul would make just four more Premier League starts and just 26 appearances in all competitions, returning to the Spanish capital to face an uncertain future.
Conor Gallagher should be given the chance to prove to Tuchel that he can serve as a substitute after the England midfielder’s hugely impressive loan spell at Crystal Palace.
Speaking to Spanish publication AS, Saul said: “Despite the fact that I didn’t get the minutes I wanted, I think it was a good experience for me to come out at a time when I wasn’t feeling well. mentally.
“I was able to reset myself, learn from a new culture, lead a new life, meet a new club, fans.
“I can only be grateful to everyone at Chelsea for their confidence and to my team-mates for making the year very bearable and helping me, and to Atleti for making it easy for me.
“I think this season has helped me improve in many ways, I have learned a lot and it will be useful for this new season.”