Atletico Madrid hotshot Saul Niguez has moved to reveal that he was on the verge of joining Fulham few years ago.
The 22-year-old developed into an important player for the club shortly after coming through the youth ranks at Vicente Calderon, but things could have been different.
Namely, Saul was close to accepting an offer from then Premier League side Fulham as a 16-year-old, but he is now glad the deal fell through.
“Fulham wanted me when I was 16,” Saul told the Daily Mail. “They were in the Premier League at the time with Mark Hughes and I was close to going.
“They had a plan for me to train with them for three months and then to start playing directly. I could go from the Atletico B team to the Premier League.
“I felt ready to make that jump. Thank God I never went.”
Saul has since made a name for himself at Atletico Madrid, going on to score 12 goals in 96 La Liga outings for the club.
The attacking midfielder has also earned 4 Spain caps, making two appearances in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
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