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Atletico Madrid attacker could continue in the Premier League at a different team next season
Earlier today, Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo left the door open for Joao Felix, giving nothing away as to where to Portuguese international will play next season.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen with Joao Felix, for now he’s at Chelsea. When he finishes playing at Chelsea, he can renew, he can stay for one more season, or not,” he said when asked about the Atletico Madrid player.
Considering that the player is contracted with Atletico Madrid in the long term and is currently on loan at Chelsea, playing for one of the two clubs would appear to be Felix’s best option. However, Javi Gomez reports a third option that not many saw coming.
According to the Spanish journalist, Felix’s idea is to stay in the Premier League for another season. However, he wants to play in the UEFA Champions League and thus, his future could lie away from Stamford Bridge and in another part of England.
Chelsea have played 34 of their 38 Premier League games this season and currently sit in 11th place. With three of their next four games being against Manchester United, Manchester City and Newcastle United, they could well be on their way further down the table.
The London-based side are, thus, far away from a berth in the Champions League. In fact, they will likely not qualify for even the subsidiary European competitions next season, and Felix’s desire to leave is understandable.
If it is Champions League football that the protege desires, a return to Atletico Madrid would solve the problem.
However, it is clear that Felix wishes to prove himself away from Civitas Metropolitano, and it remains to be seen if any of the other top English sides are interested in his acquisition.
With three goals in 13 Premier League games so far this season, Felix has endured a mixed debut in the Premier League. He has missed three big chances this season and averages a key pass every two games.
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Atletico Madrid, Chelsea contact PSG midfielder’s agent with player set to leave
Atletico Madrid and Chelsea are among the clubs that have made contact with the agent of PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes, who is set to leave this summer.
This claim comes from journalist Martin Arevalo on ESPN, who states that apart from Atletico and Chelsea, an unnamed third club have also established contact with the Argentine international’s representative.
Paredes has been on PSG’s books since January 2019, when he arrived from Zenit St. Petersburg. For a large part of his time at the French capital outfit, the midfielder had been a regular starter in the side.
However, last summer saw Paredes get shipped out on loan to Juventus. He has played 33 times for the Bianconeri this season with a return of one goal and assist apiece.
The Serie A heavyweights, who were recently hit with a 10-point deduction, have the option to purchase him permanently. But, as per the report, his relationship with manager Massimiliano Allegri is not good and a return to PSG is on the cards.
And considering that he is not in the plans back at Parc des Princes either, a permanent departure away seems set in stone for Paredes.
As such, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, and an unnamed club have shown interest in acquiring his services by making contact with the 28-year-old World Cup winner’s agent.
With Koke entering the final phase of his career and Geoffrey Kondogbia expected to leave at the end of the season, the Rojiblancos could do with reinforcements in the centre of the park.
Paredes, who has plenty of experience at the highest level and is known for his aggressive mentality, can be a good fit into Diego Simeone’s setup at the Civitas Metropolitano.
But, with Chelsea also in the picture, things could get tricky for the Colchoneros. After all, Atleti are operating on tight finances and are looking for bargain and free transfer signings in the market with the likes of Marcus Thuram, Jordi Alba, and Raphael Guerreiro emerging as targets.