According to a report from El Partidazo de COPE, Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix wants to leave the club in the January transfer window as he believes that his situation has become ‘unsustainable’.
The 22-year-old forward joined Atletico from SL Benfica in the summer of 2019 in a deal worth a massive €120 million. However, things have not worked out as per plans for the Portuguese international as he has never failed to kick on as expected in Diego Simeone’s side.
During the second half of the last season, he showed some signs of resurgence in form, which prompted him to turn down advances from the likes of Manchester United in the summer transfer window.
However, Joao Felix finds himself warming the benches more often than not this season, leading to building frustrations within the forward.
Indeed, Simeone is currently preferring the likes of Alvaro Morata, Antoine Griezmann, Matheus Cunha and Angel Correa ahead of the Portuguese forward.
The 22-year-old has drawn some ire from the Atleti fanbase for his touchline antics as well as his activity on social media. After not being called on to make an appearance from the bench against Club Brugge on Wednesday, he was seen throwing his bib to the ground in anger.
While Simeone did not react to the incident after the game, there is a sense that things might not be okay between the manager and the forward.
There had been some rumours about the Argentine tactician’s own future at Atletico due to their poor start to the season.
But he has the confidence of the management and Felix believes that Cholo will remain at the club next season and sees his own situation as ‘unsustainable’. Hence, he is now keen on leaving the club as early as the January window. Whether such a move materialises remains to be seen.
Joao Felix has played 11 matches so far this season, but is yet to score a goal.
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