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Koke speaks out on Felix’s Atletico Madrid future following 1-0 win vs Rayo Vallecano



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Koke’s goal secured three points for Atletico Madrid yesterday vs Rayo Vallecano. Los Rojiblancos were pushed back for the majority of the game at Vallecas until Felix provided the sumptuous assist to Koke for the only goal of the game.

Since his big-money move to Madrid, Felix has struggled to justify his price tag. The pressure from media coupled with the drastic change in style has seen the Portuguese international regress in terms of output.

The 22-year-old has scored six goals and provided four assists in 21 league games for Los Rojiblancos this season. Additionally, he has created six big chances and averages a key pass per ninety minutes.

When asked about the forward’s uncertain future at the Wanda Metropolitano, Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke extended his complete support and backed Felix. As reported by Fichajes he said:

“Well, he has a contract with Atlético de Madrid, where he is going to be. Hopefully he will be here for many years. The club has made a very large investment, it is not easy to play at Atleti, it is not easy to adapt.”

“Little by little, Joao is doing it, for phases of several seasons he has done it and this season he has exploded,” he added.

The club captain’s backing comes as a massive relief to Felix and will boost his confidence ahead of a crucial Champions League clash. Atletico Madrid will meet Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the UCL next month, and the youngster will be key if they are to pull off an upset.

Last month, the player had a clash with Simeone through media when he said he knew the problem behind the team’s struggles. Felix’s statements did not go down well with the manager.

Since then, however, both the team, and Felix have been on an upward trajectory. As it stands, they sit third in La Liga, and will retain their position if Barcelona cannot pull off a win vs Real Madrid later tonight.

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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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