Atletico Madrid are growing increasingly worried about the fact that Chelsea will send Joao Felix back to Madrid at the end of the season, as the Blues are not really satisfied with his performances.
Felix, who moved to Chelsea in January on loan for the rest of the season, extended his contract with the La Liga side for a further season, until June 2027, before departing in order to help the team remain inside the league’s salary cap.
While Felix’s initial run at Chelsea was decent, he has been without a goal and an assist in each of his last six outings. What is even more troubling is that since Frank Lampard’s arrival, the young Portuguese has only been used as a second-half substitute.
Given the situation at hand, journalist Francisco Jose Delgado has reported that Atletico are quite fearful about Chelsea’s intention of sending him back.
Now, a player who was once touted as a blessing has now turned into an unwanted commodity at Wanda Metropolitano. The team from the capital city understand that recovering the €127 million they paid for his services in 2019 is going to be difficult.
In turn, they are willing to settle for anywhere around €80 million. Now, if Chelsea do end up sending him back to Madrid, the only option for the Portuguese would be to join Newcastle United.
It must be remembered that the Premier League side enquired about his availability before his move to Stamford Bridge and those sitting in Atletico offices are hopeful that they can find him a new suitor in the summer.
On the flip side, if Atletico fail to offload him in June, lack of capital – that could be raised by his transfer – coupled with his salary will make life worse for Los Colchoneros as there will be no money left for the team to sign new players in the summer.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
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