The Spanish midfielder reveals that he is counting on his fellow Spanish compatriots to help him learn the language and settle in quickly in his new surroundings. The 26-year-old made a deadline day switch to Chelsea from Atletico Madrid in a loan deal with an option to make the purchase permanent.
Chelsea paid a £3.4 million loan fee for the duration of the midfielder's stay at Stamford Bridge. During his time with Atletico, Saul made 340 appearances while scoring 43 goals and providing 20 assists across all competitions. He helped the Spanish side in winning two Europa Leagues, one Copa del Rey, one La Liga, and one UEFA Super Cup.
The Spanish international has been assigned a familiar number for his jersey as he will be wearing the No 17 jersey as announced by Chelsea on their website. The midfielder wore the No 17 jersey for two years in the early years of his Atletico Madrid career before switching to the No 8.
The 26-year-old hopes to acclimatize quickly to life in England and has already asked Spanish players Kepa Arrizabalaga, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Marcos Alonso to help him learn the language faster. Saul admitted how he always wanted to experience the culture and league of England.
"The last day of the transfer window was crazy but in the end, I could come here, as we all were hoping, so I have to seize this chance. Since I was a child, I always had two goals - to make history at Atletico Madrid and to play in the Premier League, not only because of the league itself but also for its culture and the language.”The language is a big challenge for me and I want to learn it as soon as possible in order to be able to communicate with my team-mates simply and comfortably, revealed Saul to the club’s website.
"It’s really important [having Spanish players around]. Having [Cesar] Azpilicueta, Marcos [Alonso], and Kepa, especially Kepa, who has shared a room with me since we started playing for the Spanish national youth team. I already told Kepa to speak to me in English because I need to learn and get used to it. I don’t want to speak in Spanish with them. He can help me, but I’ll try to speak to him in English as much as I can, unless I’m really struggling," he added.