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Atletico Madrid ready to sell Chelsea target to any club except Real Madrid and Barcelona

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According to David G Medina of MARCA, Atletico Madrid are ready to sell Joao Felix to any club in Europe except for La Liga rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Atletico Madrid signed Felix in the summer of 2019 for a massive fee of €127 million as a replacement for Antoine Griezmann, who had left for Barcelona.

However, the 23-year-old Portuguese forward never really flourished and showcased his full potential at the Civitas Metropolitano.

After experiencing several ups and downs and failing to establish himself in Diego Simeone’s starting XI, Felix left Atletico Madrid in January, joining Chelsea on loan.

It had been reported that the Blues are interested in signing Felix permanently at the end of the season.

However, in light of his recent poor performances, Atletico Madrid fear that Chelsea might decide against going ahead with the Portuguese forward’s signing.

In such a scenario, Felix would be back at Atletico Madrid at the end of the season. And even though president Enrique Cerezo recently insisted that he has a place in the squad, the Rojiblancos will very much likely look to ship him off due to their financial needs.

But, Atletico will not let Felix join either Real Madrid or Barcelona at any cost.

While Real Madrid have not held any interest in the 23-year-old, the same cannot be said of Barça. Their club president Joan Laporta has openly admitted to liking Felix and accepted that the club tried to sign the Portuguese as part of the Antoine Griezmann deal back in 2021.

However, Atletico Madrid will not sell Felix to Real Madrid, due to the rivalry and damaged relationship between the two teams, nor they will let him move to Barcelona as CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin does not want to strengthen a direct opponent and see a player he signed succeed with a rival.

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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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