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Joao Felix opens up about Manchester United’s rejected €130m bid for him: “It’s the presidents”



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In the closing days of the summer transfer window, Atletico Madrid rejected several offers placed by clubs to sign their stars. This included three €40 million proposals for Alvaro Morata, Matheus Cunha, and Marcos Llorente.

Yet, the most surprising one was the rumoured offer that Manchester United made for Joao Felix. It was reported that the Red Devils were willing to pay €130 million for the Portuguese International, but Atletico Madrid rejected it because they trusted in the player.

Felix was interviewed by MARCA where he spoke about his growth as a player and his role at Atletico. He was asked about United’s offer during the same interview but refused to acknowledge that such an offer arrived.

“Nothing came to me, it’s the presidents. I’m here.”

He then credited Diego Simeone for his development as a player and elaborated on his growth at Atletico.

“Cholo taught me things that I hadn’t learned yet. The coaches are here to teach those things. Things that have been shown to me are going well for me. It’s his role.”

Every footballer dreams of winning the Ballon d’Or at least once in their career. The youngster spoke about his dream to win it and his plan of action to make it a reality.

“It’s still far away, but also closer. I work for that. I’m trying to do everything for that, in a few years it will be seen if I did it or not.”

When asked if Atletico were genuine title contenders this season, he said,

“We always fight for La Liga. In the [Madrid] derby we are going to prove it.”

Felix then came to the topic of responsibility and spoke about his role as a leader and how he felt committed to the Rojiblancos.

“I have the feeling that I have to do everything to help the club and the team. I try to prove that and if my colleagues see me as a leader, the better. This way we are more connected and we will enjoy much more.”

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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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