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Saul Ñiguez doesn’t want an explanation for Spain snub

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Saul Ñiguez has no plans on holding talks with Luis Enrique to discuss his reasons for not selecting him for Spain’s upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.

The 24-year-old midfielder has been a member of the Spanish national team since Julen Lopetegui gave him his debut in September 2016 in a 2-0 friendly win at Belgium.

Since then, Saul has registered 15 appearances for La Roja but failed to play a minute of football at the 2018 World Cup despite being a member of Lopetegui’s 23-man squad.

But Enrique’s arrival as Spain manager last summer brought about a change of fortunes for Saul, who scored his first two goals at international level during their UEFA Nations League campaign.

However, much to everyone’s big surprise, Saul was one of the names left out of Enrique’s squad list for Spain’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Norway and Malta this month, before suddenly being recalled on Tuesday to replace the unwell Fabian Ruiz.

“The coach doesn’t have to explain anything to me. He thinks there were new players who deserved a chance for these games who were good for him,” said Saul, according to Marca.

“All I have to do is continue working for my club and I’ll try to do my best any time I am summoned but [Luis Enrique] doesn’t have to give me any explanation.”

The Atletico Madrid star admits he’s disappointed by the circumstances surrounding his call-up to the Spain team, but wishes Ruiz all the best anyway.

“The truth is that I really wanted to be here of course but it has happened as a result of the misfortune of a teammate,” he added.

“I wish him a speedy recovery but now that I’m here I want to take the opportunity to compete to the maximum.”

Spain will first take on Norway on Thursday in Group F before taking a trip to Malta next Tuesday.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 08: Saul Niguez of Spain during the UEFA Nations League A group four match between England and Spain at Wembley Stadium on September 8, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
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