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Saul Niguez returns to Atletico Madrid following unsuccessful Chelsea loan

Chelsea has opted not to exercise the buy option in Saul Niguez's loan agreement, and the midfielder will return to Atletico Madrid.

Saul joined Chelsea on a season-long loan on the final day of the summer transfer window in 2021. The deal featured a £3.4 million loan fee and a £30 million permanent option for the player.

However, things did not go according to plan as the Spaniard failed to adjust to the demands of the Premier League, making a terrible debut against Aston Villa and being substituted at half-time, before slipping down the midfield pecking order.

Despite finally settling down and producing more impactful performances, Saul was never more than a viable rotation option for head coach Thomas Tuchel in midfield and at wing-back, making only 12 starts in 23 outings.

The 27-year-old was widely expected to return to Atletico Madrid at the end of his loan, and Chelsea has now announced that they will not exercise their option to purchase him.

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