Less than a couple of months after Chelsea signed Joao Felix on a loan deal, it appears the Premier League giants are prepared to make the move permanent following the Portuguese international’s solid start to life in England.
But knowing the acquisition of Felix could be a tricky affair, Chelsea were reportedly open to offering Mason Mount as part of the deal to sign the former FC Porto starlet, who is valued at around €100 million by Atleti.
However, a recent report from Fabrizio Romano, speaking on the House of Champions podcast, suggest Chelsea are not too keen on offloading the English international.
As a matter of fact, they have denied all speculations of Mount potentially joining Atletico Madrid as part of the deal to sign Felix. But that will not deter the Spanish giants, as the playmaker is indeed facing an uncertain future at the club.
Widely considered one of the most important attackers in the squad, Mount’s place in the Chelsea side has come under doubt in recent weeks after the Blues roped in the likes of Mykhailo Mudryk, Joao Felix and Noni Madueke in the January transfer market.
This has led to widespread speculations over Mount’s future, with many expecting him to fall behind in the pecking order. This is why him being offered to Atleti as part of an exchange deal did not come as much of a surprise.
Not to mention, Mount also has a contract at Stamford Bridge expiring in 2024. Therefore, Chelsea must make a move swiftly if they are to keep hold of the Englishman, who in turn, could be a handy option for Diego Simeone, especially with one of the key players in Yannick Carrasco being linked with a summer move to Barcelona.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
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