Saúl Ñiguez: “My dream is to stay at Atlético for life”

The young midfielder states his intentions despite interest from England

Saúl celebrated scoring one of many goals so far this season

Saúl celebrated scoring one of many goals so far this season

Despite rumours Manchester United were willing to offer up to 24 million euro for youngster Saúl, the midfielder announced he has no plans to leave Atlético Madrid.

“My biggest dream is to stay with Atleti my whole life,” Saúl said in an interview with Sportium News.

The 21-year-old midfielder has been with Atleti since 2008 and after Tiago’s injury, he has been playing more and scoring lots of important goals. He’s scored five goals throughout all competitions this season.

Seeing Manchester United’s poor results and looking at their ageing midfielders, it’s clear to see why Louis Van Gaal wants the Spaniard to join the Red Devils.

Despite Atleti not wanting to sell their ‘canterano’, the rumoured €24 million bid wouldn’t even grab Miguel Ángel Gil’s interest as the youngster’s release clause is much higher.

“Saúl has a release clause of 45 million euros,” said Saúl’s father in COPE. “He’s very happy with the club and he doesn’t want to leave.”

It’s clear he wants to stay, but what else does Saúl want?

He wants to make the fans happy.

“[The Champions League] is a beautiful competition. We really want to bring some joy to the fans, but it’s fundamental we go game by game,” he said.

Saúl also mentioned Atleti’s chances at winning La Liga once again.

“We’ve already shown that we’re able to fight for LaLiga and even win it, but it’s very equal and any team can give you a scare.”

Last week against Rayo Vallecano, we saw how Saúl wore the captain’s armband against his former club.

Maybe it’s not too farfetched too see the canterano lift up a trophy for Atleti in the near future. For now, partido a partido!

  • Koke

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    Plus players like Kranevitter, Thomas, Correa, Baston, Velazquez, and others that may or may not come back like Santos Borre, etc…

    Obviously this is not entirely realistic because even though I’d love to see it I highly doubt ALL of our players will stay in spite of interest from richer clubs, or maybe not all of them will develop the way they are expected to. But it’s so incredible to see so many potentially world class young players in our ranks, most have 8 or more seasons before they get to the status of “slightly old” …wow.

    Oblak, Gimenez, Saul, Oliver, and Correa all have potential to be in the top 5 players in their respective positions one day. Vietto and Kranevitter can be world class as well, and the others can definitely prove themselves. Koke and Griezmann are both already household names and neither is older than 24. The future is so damn bright. Not even Barcelona has as many prospects. Add in new signings and other youth players who may emerge over the next five years and I see no reason why Atleti should ever relinquish their top 3 spot in the near future. Also, watch out for Borja Baston. I think he can be incredible and I really hope we bring him back into the first team next year to replace Torres.

    I just hope as many as possible of them stay and succeed.

  • Koke

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  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Everybody seems very excited about Borja, well, me too, but people must never forget that this is his first season in top division, except for that one game against Getafe in 2010 when Quique gave him his debut in the second half but unfortunately he damaged his knee just after 20 minutes, after that he only played in Segunda B with Atleti B, then in Segunda with Murcia, Huesca, Depor & Zaragoza .
    I think we shouldn’t rush it, another loan spell won’t hurt, maybe with a bigger team than Eibar where he can play under some pressure, because at Eibar there is no pressure whatsoever, they finished 18th last season and should have been relegated, but they stayed because of Elche’s debt .

    Eibar population is 27,000 people, the club budget is 3.5 million (three and a half million, no zeros missing) and two years ago, according to some strange rules of the Spanish FA they were asked to increase their capital by 25 % (1.7 million) or they will be relegated from Segunda to Segunda B, so they issued tens of of thousands of shares to raise the money, and I have an Atleti fan friend on twitter from Northen Ireland who purchased some shares !

    I think Eibar are playing for fun, and maybe that’s one of the reason for their good run this season, so it’s not enough to judge Borja, Diego Costa was at the same age in 2010-11 where he played 28 league games with us and scored 6 goals then we loaned him to Rayo the next season .

    About Borre : he is another player who is partially owned by Mendes, like Guilavogui, Salvio, Pezzi and many others, Gil Marin is just trying to help his friend Jorge Mendes to make some money .. I won’t be surprised if Borre never put a foot in the Calderon .