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Atletico Madrid forward asks to leave in January amid Chelsea, Man United interest

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According to the latest reports from David G. Medina of MARCA, Joao Felix has asked Atletico Madrid to sanction an exit in the upcoming January transfer window. The 23-year-old Portuguese international is on the radars of Manchester United, PSG, and Bayern Munich.

Felix has been a Rojiblanco since 2019 when he arrived from SL Benfica in a massive deal worth €120 million. However, he has never been able to realise his full potential at the Civitas Metropolitano, having failed to carve out a niche for himself in Diego Simeone’s system.

Things have gotten worse for the Portuguese international this season, with Simeone opting to use him more as a backup behind the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata.

So, rumblings about a January exit have been doing the rounds for a while now and as per the report, Felix has now asked the club to sanction an exit in the winter and has informed his agent, Jorge Mendes, to find him a new team.

It is further claimed that Atletico Madrid, who were insistent that Felix remains a key part of their plans, are now working on facilitating an exit for the 23-year-old prodigious forward.

Felix’s strained relationship with manager Simeone is said to be one of the reasons why Atleti have decided to give in and let the player leave as they do not want the situation to get out of hand after January.

Bayern Munich had a €100 million offer knocked back for Felix in the summer and are once again keen while PSG are also alert to the situation as they see the Portuguese as a potential replacement for Lionel Messi, who could leave in June 2023 when his contract expires.

Meanwhile, Manchester United have also held a long-term interest in Felix and could move for him, especially having decided to part ways with Cristiano Ronaldo, which has left a void in the attacking unit.

The report also indicates that Chelsea, with their new owners, have also made their presence felt in the race for Felix’s signing.

The World Cup could prove to be pivotal for Felix to find his next club. Having failed to make a mark at Atletico, the 23-year-old could use the world stage to show suitors that he is capable of performing at the highest levels, thus convincing interested parties to make a move.

Felix started the World Cup campaign positively, scoring for Portugal in their 3-2 win over Ghana – a display that drew praise from Simeone.

Atletico Madrid need to generate in excess of €60 million to balance their books and the 23-year-old’s sale could be key to that. What is clear is that Felix is close to leaving the club, but what remains to be seen is whether the exit materialises in January or the summer.

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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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