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Atletico Madrid unwilling to sell wantaway forward, will point towards €350m release clause

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Joao Felix’s future at Atletico Madrid is back in the spotlights ahead of the January transfer window.

The 22-year-old has not had a stable run at the Civitas Metropolitano since his arrival back in 2019 but looked to be finally settling down in the second half of the last season.

However, over the past few weeks, he is back to warming the benches and being overlooked by manager Diego Simeone.

The situation seemingly reached a tipping point when he was spotted reacting angrily after being ignored for substitution against Club Brugge earlier this week.

Since then, reports have emerged claiming that Joao Felix believes his situation at Atletico Madrid has become unsustainable and is seeking to leave the club in the January window itself.

Building on those claims, MARCA has come out with a new report, stating that Felix had a meeting with his agent, Jorge Mendes, in Madrid on Thursday.

During the meeting, the 22-year-old Portuguese international informed the superagent of his desire to leave the Civitas Metropolitano and asked him to find a solution in the winter transfer window.

This is not the first time that Joao Felix is considering his future at Atletico. The Portuguese ace was unhappy last year when the club re-signed Antoine Griezmann as he believed it would affect his game-time. However, he stayed and was able to display flashes of his quality.

But with the situation being as it is currently, it seems like the former SL Benfica ace is ready to move on from Los Rojiblancos.

However, the report adds that Atletico Madrid, at the moment, do not intend to sanction the 22-year-old forward’s sale. They turned down Barcelona’s approach to swap Joao Felix for Griezmann while also knocking back enquiries and offers from several clubs from across Europe.

The Colchoneros have inserted a mammoth €350 million release clause in his contract and will likely point any suitors towards that as they are not ready to give Felix away at this moment.

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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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