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Atletico Madrid superstar faces tense future at club amid lack of game-time

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Joao Felix has endured a difficult start to the season. He has failed to establish himself as one of the key attackers for Atletico Madrid, a notion unthinkable when he joined the club for a record fee, a few years ago.

However, it appears the attacker is slowly losing his prominence in the team. He has earned only five starts in La Liga this year and is yet to score a single goal in all competitions.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Felix is facing a ‘tense’ future at Atletico Madrid, as the player continues to demand more game-time.

Diego Simeone, at the moment, is favouring other players to perform in the attacking third. The likes of Alvaro Morata and Antoine Griezmann appear to be ahead of the Portuguese international in the pecking order, with the duo combining for seven goals this term.

Felix, nonetheless, wants to play more regularly despite his poor record in front of goal this season. The former SL Benfica starlet wants to prove himself in La Liga, especially ahead of the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup.

It has led to widespread speculations on his future. Romano has addressed the Manchester United rumours in the summer but believes the Premier League giants are not an immediate favourite to sign the young forward.

Atletico Madrid, for their part, have no intention of selling Felix. There is a €350 million release clause present in the attacker’s contract and with the player having a deal until 2026, the club believe they are under no pressure to sell him anytime soon.

Despite that, there is ought to be some internal pressure from Felix’s representatives over a potential move away from Wanda Metropolitano next summer or even in the upcoming winter transfer window, and it will not be surprised to see a few clubs attempt to sign the attacker in the near future.

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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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