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Joao Felix refuses to comment on Atletico Madrid future: “Focused on the World Cup”



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On Tuesday, Atletico Madrid CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin all but confirmed that Joao Felix is set to leave the club in the upcoming January transfer window, following a breakdown of relationship with manager Diego Simeone.

Felix has been reduced to a marginalised figure this season at Atletico Madrid, with Simeone preferring the likes of Alvaro Morata, Angel Correa, and Antoine Griezmann ahead of him.

Murmurs of the Portuguese international getting frustrated with his situation have been doing the rounds for a while now. And Gil Marin confirmed the same in his interview, stating that the player is looking for a way out and an exit seems to be the best possible option for everyone.

Felix, who is currently part of the Portugal national team squad participating at the FIFA World Cup 2022, was asked about his future recently, but refused to comment on the situation, stating that he is fully focused on the World Cup at the moment.

“I’m completely focused on the World Cup. My agent doesn’t tell me anything about what’s going to happen, nor does he want to. I need to be focused on the now to play a great tournament,” the 23-year-old said, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

Felix was one of Portugal’s better players as they thrashed Switzerland 6-1 last night to qualify for the quarterfinals of the World Cup. The Atletico Madrid ace contributed with two assists to help his team cruise to a resounding victory.

As for his future at Atletico Madrid, clubs like PSG, Manchester United, Chelsea and Bayern Munich have been touted as interested parties. Recent reports even indicated that Aston Villa had emerged as a surprise contender to sign Felix, with talks allegedly already underway.

It remains to be seen where Felix ends up in the coming weeks, but his time at the Civitas Metropolitano is certainly coming to an end.

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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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