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Aston Villa well-placed to sign wantaway Atletico Madrid star in January, talks underway

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Joao Felix was thought of as Atletico Madrid’s future star player when the club signed him from SL Benfica in 2019. After all, he was arriving as a replacement for Antoine Griezmann who had been the team’s crown jewel for several years.

The French star left Atleti, joined Barcelona, played for a few years, returned to the Civitas Metropolitano and has won back his place in the starting XI.

Yet, Joao Felix is still as unconvincing as he was the day he arrived and frustrations at the Spanish capital outfit have peaked, while the player has grown frustrated at the club.

The coming transfer window could see Los Rojiblancos take some drastic measures owing to a combination of sporting and economic reasons. One such expected move is the departure of the Portuguese star.

Atletico Madrid CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin confirmed on Tuesday that the relationship between Felix and manager Diego Simeone was not ideal and that the forward could be allowed to leave in January.

And according to MARCA, Aston villa are very well placed to win Felix’s sitting in the coming transfer window. Jorge Mendes is said to be an advocate of his client playing in the Premier League and sees this as an opportunity for the youngster to break free from the shackles of Madrid.

The youngster has been linked with PSG, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Chelsea in recent windows but now that the relationship between the player and manager has soured, Felix’s departure is imminent, with Villa emerging as a surprise destination.

The report further indicates that talks are already underway between the Premier League club, managed by Unai Emery, and Atletico’s CEO, Gil Marin, putting them in a good position to capture Felix.

The 23-year-old has had a wonderful campaign in the World Cup so far, scoring one goal and providing two assists in three appearances. His La Liga statistics are comparatively underwhelming as he has just six goal contributions in 12 appearances.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid

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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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