Saul Niguez describes Fernando Torres as his idol growing up and will remember the moment he scored his 100th Atletico Madrid goal.
Torres reached the landmark against Eibar, a game in which Saul also netted, and in an interview with AS the youngster spoke of his appreciation for El Nino.
“He’s an example. Everyone in football knows who he is, but when you know him he’s an idol even for how he works,” Saul said.
“He’s so good and he’s a star, but he works the most and he’s the last to leave.
“Every Atletico supporter will remember [Torres’ centenary]. When you see how he works, you knew sooner or later he’d get that goal.
“I’ve been most surprised by Angel Correa. He came here after heart surgery and six months without playing. He started training with impressive confidence. He’ll be a star.”
Saul, who spoke of a desire to stay at Atletico for the rest of his career and his relationship with Diego Simeone, also revealed which game he feels has been his best in red and white.
“In Camp Nou? A game we lost? No. I was proud of how we played but I don’t want to think of a game we lost. My best game should be one we win,” he said, before touching on his Madrid derby goal a year ago.
“They say it was nice that it was against Madrid, but the important thing is we beat a direct rival. We stopped Madrid’s momentum and made our own.”