Atletico Madrid have made it clear that the likes of Joao Felix and Angel Correa are simply untouchable amidst the constant exit rumours, especially regarding the former.
Spanish news outlet MARCA says the club has full confidence in the attacking duo as they remain a key part of the club’s budding project. On top of that, despite struggling to achieve full potential this season, the two are also dearly loved by the faithful.
MARCA describes Felix as one of the greatest bets in the history of the club. After all, the club paid as much as €126 million for the youngster when he switched alliance from Benfica to Madrid.
Three seasons on, and although he has scored 30 goals up until now, he is yet to fulfil the reputation he himself built when playing for Benfica. And as one can suspect, rumours of potential exit have been doing rounds since January.
It’s not too long ago that Barcelona president Joan Laporta admitted his team did try to rope in the Portugal forward. The deal was proposed back when Antoine Griezmann made his much-awaited return to Atletico in August 2021.
They still remain interested, though. Reports suggest that Barcelona Laporta is a huge fan of the player and will do his best to bring him in.
Atletico’s reluctance, however, forced Barcelona to settle for a simple loan deal instead.
Injury halting his progress
While there is absolutely no denying the talent Felix possesses, the injury issues he has faced, especially in the ongoing season are doing no good for everyone involved. This season alone, he has missed matches due to an ankle fracture, a muscle injury and COVID-19.
Recently, he confirmed that he will miss the remainder of the 2021-22 season through a hamstring injury that he picked during a 2-1 win over Espanyol.
One man’s pain is another man’s pleasure
It’s not to say that Felix’s injury is a blessing in disguise, but this certainly opens the door for Angel Correa to get a constant run-in in the starting XI.
The versatile forward, who has scored 12 goals across all competitions this season, is without a goal contribution in each of his last seven games.
Despite this, however, he has a place in Atletico’s plan for the future, especially since the fact that Luis Suarez will depart at the end of the campaign.
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