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Atletico Madrid president addresses future of Arsenal target after Barcelona loss: “I don’t know”

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Atletico Madrid’s good start after the World Cup break came to a halt last night as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to FC Barcelona at the Civitas Metropolitano.

While Diego Simeone’s men put up a fight against the league leaders, they were unable to break the opponents’ rearguard and came out on the losing side.

One player who disappointed for Los Rojiblancos on Sunday at home was Joao Felix. The 23-year-old is currently facing an uncertain future at the club, having sought a departure after a falling out with manager Simeone.

The Portuguese international had looked good in their previous La Liga contest versus Elche and was handed a start by Simeone against Barcelona. However, he failed to deliver on the night and put in a meek display as his team lost out.

And, talking about the future of the wantaway forward after the game, Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo told DAZN (h/t Fabrizio Romano):

“João Félix future? I always say the players play in the club that they want… I don’t know where João wants to play. I think he’s now feeling so good here at Atléti. It depends on João and on the situation.”

Felix has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League. Manchester United were interested but have moved on to other targets as they were unwilling to meet Atletico Madrid’s financial demands for a loan move.

Arsenal are another club keen on signing the 23-year-old and are reportedly stepping up their pursuit of the forward. However, a move would still depend on whether Atleti are willing to lower their €21 million total package demands to loan out Felix.

Even though there are still three weeks left in the January transfer window, Felix, as well as Simeone & co. will be hoping to seek a quick resolution on the matter of the former’s future.

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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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