• Saul Niguez teases ‘new club’ announcement amid Man United links

    Saul Niguez celebrates after scoring during the La Liga soccer match

    Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez has teased that he will be heading for a “new club”, which he says will be announced in three days.

    The Spain star has long been linked with Manchester United, while Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have also been associated with the 25-year-old in the past.

    His announcement has trigged speculation once again that he could be heading to the Premier League.

    Taking to Twitter, he posted a statement that simply read: “I wanted to communicate something important to you.” Below it was a graphic stating: “New club. I’ll announce it in three days.”

    The ambiguous nature of the word “club” has left Atletico supporters hopeful that he is not talking about a football club, with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic having previously pulled such publicity stunts.

    Meanwhile, Atletico fans have been long suffering in this type of situation, having seen fans’ favourite Antoine Griezmann put them through the wringer in 2018 when he built up a video called ‘La Decision’ that was expected to see him announce a move to Barcelona, only to perform a U-turn and state that he was staying loyal to Atleti – at least for a further 12 months.

    Saul has since taken up the mantle of being one of the key components of Diego Simeone’s side, playing an anchoring role in the midfield, from where he has scored four goals in 37 appearances this season in all competitions.

    Arguably his most notable contribution of the season came against Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 clash with Jurgen Klopp’s side as he netted the only goal, setting up a famous 3-2 success at Anfield, which knocked the defending European champions out after extra time.

    In total, the Atleti youth academy prospect has played 286 times for his formative club, having made his debut in the Europa League in 2011-12 in the 3-1 last-16 win over Besiktas.

    He has twice been a member of squads that have won the Europa League, having done so in 2012 and 2018, while he was also a Champions League runner-up in 2016.

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