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Atletico Madrid superstar wants to join PSG, Arsenal not an option for him – report



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Less than three seasons after joining Atletico Madrid, Joao Felix seems to be on his way out of the club, with the club CEO confirming their intention to sell the player in January itself.

“He is the biggest bet the club has made. I think he has the highest level in the world but for reasons that are not worth going into now, the relationship between the coach and him is not good, nor is his motivation,” Gil Marin said last week.

“The reasonable thing is to think that he leaves, although I would love him to continue, but, this is not the player’s idea,” he added.

Several clubs, including Manchester United and Aston Villa are reportedly in pursuit of Felix, with Arsenal seemingly the one leading the race right now.

However, as per a report by Di Marzio, Felix does not want to join Arsenal. The player wants to play for Paris Saint-Germain.

And while Atletico want to offload the Portuguese, they are asking for nearly €130-140 million for him. That immediately puts most clubs out of the race for his signature.

PSG are one of the very few clubs that will be able to afford him. Further, with Lionel Messi’s expiring contract, Felix could serve as a long-term replacement for the Argentine.

Felix started the season brilliantly, assisting three goals in a 0-3 win against Getafe on the opening day of La Liga.

However, he fell out of favour with Diego Simeone soon enough, and was demoted to being the fifth-choice forward. Antoine Griezmann, Angel Correa, Matheus Cunha, and Alvaro Morata got priority over him, which further pushed Felix to the exit door.

Speaking about a potential exit last week, Felix refused to comment on any desired move.

“I’m completely focused on the World Cup. My agent doesn’t tell me anything about what’s going to happen, nor does he want to. I need to be focused on the now to play a great tournament.”

Felix scored one and assisted two goals in the competition before Portugal were eventually knocked out by Morocco in the quarter-finals.

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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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