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Chelsea considering extending the loan spell of Atletico Madrid forward – report



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After spending half a season at Chelsea, Joao Felix’s loan spell at Stamford Bridge is set to come to an end this coming summer.

That means the player is supposed to return to the Civitas Metropolitano at the end of the season, although there have been reports that Chelsea could consider keeping him around for longer.

According to Mundo Deportivo, both Chelsea and Atletico Madrid are contemplating a potential deal that may benefit all parties involved.

The report suggests one of the solutions could see Joao Felix remain at Chelsea on loan for another year. The player has featured in 12 league matches since joining the club in January, scoring two goals. But he has not been able to deliver in the Champions League.

Nevertheless, Chelsea are open to extending the loan of Felix for one more year, as it could benefit the club in the long run. The Premier League giants are unwilling to commit any significant transfer fee on Felix due to his mixed performances at Stamford Bridge.

Therefore, extending the loan could allow them to keep the player for another season, only by committing to paying Felix’s salary for one more year.

As for Atletico Madrid, the club president Enrique Cerezo had opened the door for Felix to return earlier in the month. But it is apparent that Diego Simeone has not been able to get the best out of the player and the equation between the two of them is not great.

With Simeone’s contract expiring in 2024 and no guarantees over his continuity, Atletico could leave the door open for Felix’s return should their manager move on when his contract expires.

So, another season at Chelsea on loan, with the Blues covering his wages, works well for them.

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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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