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Atletico Madrid reject Manchester United’s staggering €130 million offer for 22-year-old

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Joao Felix was instrumental in Atletico Madrid’s win over Getafe in their La Liga opener earlier this week. The Portuguese international recorded three assists at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez and was arguably the best player on the field.

After three underwhelming years in Spain, the youngster seems ready to step up his performance and gather consistency this season. It is the least he can do to repay the 36 months that the club nurtured him, protecting him from the harsh media.

According to reports from AS, Manchester United were interested in signing Felix this summer and went on the offensive with a staggering €130 million offer.

While Los Rojiblancos could accept the deal and book a profit on the player, they unsurprisingly chose to decline and maintain faith in him.

Further, Diego Simeone’s side have referred to the €350 million release clause on Felix’s contract to detract the Premier League side from their pursuit.

The manager considers the Portuguese international to be one of the most important players in the team and the centre-piece of their new project.

The 22-year-old was part of the Atletico team that faced United in preseason, and the Champions League last season, scoring in both games. Those performances ignited interest in Manchester’s offices, it was also a statement to Atletico that the player is set to shine.

Last season, the youngster scored eight goals and provided four assists in 24 league appearances for Los Rojiblancos. In the UEFA Champions League, however, he managed just two goal contributions in eight games.

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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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