Thomas Tuchel has insisted that Chelsea are still undecided whether to make Saul Niguez’s loan from Atletico Madrid into a permanent deal.

Currently, sanctions forbid a deal from being signed, but even when a new owner arrives, the west Londoners aren’t expected to re-sign their player who is on a temporary deal. 

Speaking at Old Trafford, the Blues boss spoke of his Spain international’s future with his appearances becoming more sporadic by the week. 

“We will talk about it at the end of the season,” he said when asked by GOAL. “At the moment, it is a difficult situation for him personally but I like that he still gives his input. 

“It is like this in team sports even if it does not make you happy and I am sure he is not, he is still positive and still pushing, he takes care about the quality in training with the group that doesn’t play so much. It means a lot to me and the atmosphere in the dressing room that he stays competitive within the group. 

“I don’t have a lot of good news for him when I tell him the line-up. He needs to stay involved mentally and physically, that is what he does although it is not easy. We are very grateful, we also demand it, but it tells us he is a real sportsman. 

“For the end of the season, now is not the moment but we still need to fight for qualification for the Champions League and the best possible outcome. We have a final to play. We will talk when it is time.”

The Blues boss also added a bit of information about whether his injured stars could return to face Everton: “Ben Chilwell for sure not and for Kova it is too early,” he added.

“He has not had a minute in team training so far. he will not come back and Callum Hudson-Odoi as well. Maybe Andreas Christensen. Let’s see after he was ill and the same for Ross Barkley. Let’s wait until the day after tomorrow to see how they feel.”

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