“I needed to get my head out of the Atletico Madrid world for a while because I have been there since I was 12 so everything affects you much more,” Saul Niguez told the official Chelsea website explaining his motives behind his loan move.
“If the fans whistle at you, it affects you much more because those people are your people and when you have difficult moments you live them differently.
“It’s complicated, and leaving was complicated, but I took it as a challenge to compete with the best players in my position and I don’t have any fear in doing that. I feel good and if I’m as I should be, I know I can do a lot to help Chelsea.”
He added: “When you leave your home and join the champions of Europe, it’s obviously a big challenge. You can only put two out of Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in a midfield four, and two of them were nominated for the Ballon d’Or!
“I knew what I was coming into and despite not playing all of the minutes, my intention is not just to play but to learn and to grow. In the end, playing with such good players makes you grow and it makes you a better player.
“Learning English will help me for the rest of my life so this experience is not only about football. I’m adapting and growing as a person and a player.”
After a difficult start to his spell here, Saul Niguez seems to have hit the stride, delivering several solid performances in recent weeks.
It still does not seem likely that the Spaniard will stay at Stamford Bridge beyond this season but Saul can easily be of use to Thomas Tuchel in the remaining part of the season.