May 14, 2021

Man Utd


‘I didn’t think it would create such a stir’ – Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez defends social media stunt

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Atletico Madrid v Sevilla - La Liga Santander
Atletico Madrid midfielder (Picture: Getty) Saul Niguez is going nowhere this summer

Saul Niguez has defended his recent social media stunt which sparked speculation of a shock move away from Atletico Madrid and insists ‘it never occurred’ to him that it would ‘create such a stir’.

The 25-year-old, who has established himself as one of the finest midfielders in European football in recent seasons, has consistently been linked with a switch to the Premier League, with Manchester United known to be long-term admirers.

So when Saul told his followers that he would be revealing his ‘new club’ on Sunday, many put two and two together and jumped to the conclusion that the Spain international was set to for the exit door at Atleti.

Saul Niguez in training with Atletico Madrid
Saul has been linked with Manchester United since as far back as 2014 (Picture: Getty)

Rio Ferdinand even teased United supporters over a possible move for Saul with a cryptic response to midfielder’s post on Twitter.



However, Saul finally revealed all on Wednesday morning and announced that he and his brother Aaron, who plays for Malaga, were actually setting up their own football academy in their hometown of Elche.

He explained on his Instagram page that it would be grassroots project, consisting of around 30 teams and 500 players between the ages of four and 18.

‘The priority of Club Costa City is the comprehensive training of players with the aim of generating healthy habits in them, as well as sports and educational training through the great values that sport brings to society,’ he said.

‘We know how excited you are, and when things are done with this much excitement, they always turn out well.’

Saul has since responded to the negative backlash he received following the announcement and insists it was never his intention to fuel rumours of a summer transfer move.

‘I am a little alien to social media but my manager was aware and told me that some were misunderstanding it,’ he told AS.

‘It never occurred to me, in the middle of two competitions, La Liga and the Champions League, that people might think that I was going to leave.

‘When I put the new club, I put the corporate colours of the new club, a new project which I have been working on for a couple of years that comes from watching children grow up in the academy. I have been working with them for four years.



‘Before, I used to see them in the summer, Christmas, Easter… to see them now day-to-day makes me very excited.

‘Seeing my work with children reflect on the field makes me proud and the fact that all the people of the club share my values means I am very excited.

‘Little by little, I was explaining what it was, so I didn’t think it would create such a stir.’

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