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Atletico Madrid CEO confirms possible January exit for Joao Felix: “Not good”

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Dropping a huge bombshell Atletico Madrid CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin has confirmed that the relationship between manager Diego Simeone and Joao Felix is strained and that a January exit is very much on the cards for the Portuguese international.

The 23-year-old forward is Los Rojiblancos’ record signing, with the club having spent €120 million to land him from SL Benfica in 2019 following the exit of Antoine Griezmann.

However, things have failed to work out for Felix at the Civitas Metropolitano as Simeone has failed to get the best out of him while the young forward has been unable to adapt to the Argentine tactician’s philosophies.

That their relationship has broken down has been palpable for some time now and rumours of a January exit have been doing the rounds for a while, with clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea, and Paris Saint-Germain sniffing around.

And, Gil Marin has confirmed the same, stating that the circumstances are far from ideal, but the best possible course of action for everyone involved would be an exit for the 23-year-old.

“He is the biggest bet the club has made. I think he has the highest level in the world but for reasons that are not worth going into now, the relationship between the coach and him is not good, nor is his motivation,” Gil Marin told TVE (h/t Mundo Deportivo)

“The reasonable thing is to think that he leaves, although I would love him to continue, but, this is not the player’s idea.”

Given Atletico Madrid’s financial situation, an exit makes from the club’s standpoint as well, as Felix remains one of their most marketable assets and can fetch a sizeable sum from his sale, while they would also get rid of his wages.

Gil Marin also commented on the future of manager Simeone, whose position has been called into question due to Atleti’s sub-par start to the season.

“I think the Atlético de Madrid fan has Diego in his mind. What will happen in the future, neither Diego nor us know, and I have to repeat that we have both grown a lot,” he said.

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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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