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Atletico Madrid rejected a €100 million offer from Bayern Munich for 22-year-old star

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With a quarter of the 2022-23 season already completed, a significant chunk of Atletico Madrid’s management echo their thoughts on Joao Felix.

The youngster was one of the team’s dearest hopes heading into the season, but his continued sub-par performances have reversed his state to the extreme.

According to reports from MARCA, Los Rojiblancos rejected a €100 million offer for the youngster from Bayern Munich this summer and there are now regrets within the board for letting such a golden chance go.

The Bavarians saw Felix as a possible marquee signing after Robert Lewandowski’s departure, but Los Colchoneros stood firm on their stance of keeping the player.

Despite suffering three poor seasons at the club, there was a strong feeling at Atletico that the youngster’s breakthrough was just around the corner. That intuition has seemingly now cost the club €100 million.

In 10 La Liga games so far, the Portuguese international has not scored a single goal and provided just three assists. Further, he has not contributed to a single goal in four Champions League games. He has played just 32 minutes in his last five appearances and his career is now on a downward spiral.

As it stands, the youngster seems set to leave the club in the upcoming transfer window for Diego Simeone no longer considers him a starter. Needless to say, it would be a surprise if the club even manage to recoup half the amount Bayern Munich offered four months ago in the process.

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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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