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Bayern Munich no longer keen on signing wantaway Atletico Madrid forward – report



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Atletico Madrid CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin publicly announced that his club’s record signing Joao Felix was up for sale earlier this week. It was not a one-sided tale for he said the player wished to leave the club too.

Diego Simeone’s men see Felix as a sellable asset to solve their financial problems, but the problem lies in the non-availability of suitors. Very few teams in the world can afford the wages the youngster is on while also offering a good project, and Bayern Munich was one such team.

However, according to reports from Kerry Hau via iMiaSanMia, Bayern Munich are no longer interested in Felix. The German side were considering his signing as an option last summer and their sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić even contacted the offices of Atletico Madrid.

However, Los Rojiblancos rejected the offer and retained trust in the Portuguese international. It was reported that the Bundesliga side were prepared to shell out as much as €100 million for the youngster’s services.

Needless to say, Atleti could now be regretting letting go of the chance to recoup their money for they can now only demand a small fraction of the €120 billion they paid for him.

Felix had a positive World Cup campaign, scoring one goal and providing two assists in four appearances for Portugal. He also came very close to equalising late against Morocco but was brilliantly denied by Bono in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

So far this season in La Liga, the Portuguese ace has played in 12 games, starting just five. In that duration, he scored three goals, provided three assists, and averaged close to one key pass per game. 

Atletico Madrid will aim to sell the youngster in January. While Bayern Munich may no longer hold an interest, clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea and PSG have also been touted as potential suitors for the former SL Benfica ace.

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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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