Chelsea have endured a tumultuous season in 2022/23. Barring their relatively deep run in the UEFA Champions League that ended in a defeat to Real Madrid at the quarter-final stages, the London-based side have had little to hold onto.
Frank Lampard’s men sit in 12th place on the Premier League table with two games to go. Considering that their final games of the season are against teams in the top four, their situation is grave and they are far from European football.
With a dysfunctional team around him and a stand-in manager on the sidelines, Atletico Madrid loanee Joao Felix has done relatively well since his loan move.
The 23-year-old made the move to London from Madrid in January 2023 with the hope of rediscovering his form in a new system and league.
He has participated in 14 Premier League games since then and has found the back of the net three times. Further, he averages 0.5 key passes per game and has created one big chance.
His spell at Chelsea ends in June, and Felix will be forced to return to the Civitas Metrolpolitano upon its conclusion.
Earlier this week, the Portuguese international was asked about his future and where he saw himself playing next season. As revealed by The Secret Scout, he said:
“I don’t know yet on my future, but I loved these four-five months. I would really like to be here.”
Felix seemingly has three options on his table, two of which would see him continue in England.
For starters, he could continue to don the Chelsea jersey with a simple extension of his loan deal and stay for the team’s new season with a new manager. Else, a move to another top club in the Premier League is also not ruled out.
The third option, which is less likely, is a direct return to Atletico Madrid. Diego Simeone’s side offer Felix Champions League football but given how things were before his exit, it is unlikely that the Portuguese international would prefer to return to Atleti again.
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