Diego Simeone explains why Saul Niguez wants to leave Atletico Madrid amid interest from Man Utd

Photo: Getty Images

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has explained why Saul Niguez wants to leave the Spanish champions amid interest from Manchester United and Barcelona.

Saul broke out of Atleti’s academy back in 2012 and has since established himself as a mainstay in Simeone’s side, making 337 appearances in all competitions and helping the club beat Barcelona and Real Madrid to the La Liga title last season.

Saul is renowned for his versatility and according to Simeone, the 26 year old is frustrated with his role in the team.

“Last season he spoke with the club, with us about his needs and what he spoke about was the option of having a position on the pitch where he feels more important,” Simeone told AS when asked about the speculation surrounding Saul’s future.

“And I consider that Saul became Saul by playing everywhere, but he or many of those around him see it as something negative.

“He is very important for Atletico because he can play as a full-back, right winger, midfielder. He gives us a lot of options to be able to count on him.

“He is a player who, in that version and playing how the coach needs him to, performs very well.”