Saul Niguez says he is ‘really happy’ to have made his Chelsea debut despite being replaced at half-time against Aston Villa.

The Spain international was thrown straight into the starting XI on Saturday after joining the Blues on a season-long loan with the option of a permanent deal in the final hours of the summer transfer window.

On his Premier League debut, however, Saul struggled and was replaced at half-time by Jorginho.

Thomas Tuchel explained post-match he had seen some ‘big mistakes’ from the 26-year-old and while Saul later admitted it was not the debut he expected he was nonetheless delighted to get a run out in front of a packed Stamford Bridge.

‘Wasn’t the expected debut,’ Saul wrote on Instagram

‘Really happy with my first game & victory with the team. Incredible to see Stamford Bridge full of Blues.’

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