Many saw Joao Felix’s move to Chelsea as his liberation from a system that did not suit his profile. After all, his spell at Atletico Madrid had been dismal until that point and the team’s defensive focus made it difficult for him to showcase his skill in the final third.
The player thus joined Chelsea on a six-month loan move in January this year. His spell in England is now nearing an end, and it is safe to say that it left a mixed impression in the minds of many.
Felix has not made an impact of the magnitude many expected in London. Yet, it is clear that he is one of the best players in a struggling Chelsea side.
Earlier this week, Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo was quizzed about what the future held for Felix. After all, the Portuguese international is contracted with Los Rojiblancos until 2027.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen with Joao Felix, for now he’s at Chelsea. When he finishes playing at Chelsea, he can renew, he can stay for one more season, or not. But don’t worry, he will continue playing,” Cerezo told MARCA, keeping all doors open for the prodigy.
Last month, reports from England stated that Chelsea were indeed interested in extending Felix’s contract by a further 12 months. While this would not bring in any money into Atleti’s coffers, it would mean that Chelsea take over Felix’s salary for one more year.
Another option the London-based side consider is a player swap to bring down Atletico’s asking price on Felix. The club are willing to include Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marc Cucurella in return for a reduced transfer fee to make Felix’s move permanent.
In 13 Premier League matches so far this season, the youngster has found the back of the net three times. Further, he averages 0.5 key passes per game and has created just one big chance.
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