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Atletico Madrid rejected all approaches for ‘100% untouchable’ forward in the summer



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After a tough start to life in Spain, Atletico Madrid superstar Joao Felix has started to come into his own in the past year or so.

Signed for more than €100 million from SL Benfica back in 2019, the Portuguese forward endured a difficult initiation period as he found it hard to get going in Diego Simeone’s rigid system.

But over time, he has grown into a vital player for Los Rojiblancos. The 22-year-old finished the last season with a return of ten goals and six assists from 35 matches in all competitions. He has already set up three goals in four games in the new season.

Given his unlimited potential, Felix has constantly attracted a lot of admirers from across Europe. And according to Fabrizio Romano, there were several clubs that made an approach for the 22-year-old attacking ace during the summer transfer window.

However, Atletico Madrid were quick to turn down all those offers as they deem Felix as ‘100% untouchable’. So much so that the Colchoneros are unwilling to sell him even for a fee greater than €100 million.

Manager Diego Simeone acknowledged the growth and progress that the 22-year-old had shown through his time at the club, saying: “Joao is at his best moment since we have been working together. He is a lot more mature, stronger, sure of himself.”

Reports earlier this summer indicated that Manchester United went hard after Felix, even lodging an offer worth around €130 million. However, both the player and Atletico Madrid were uninterested in listening to the proposal and swiftly turned it down.

Having kept hold of him, Atleti will be hoping that the 22-year-old Felix goes on to enjoy a big season this time out.

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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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