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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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Manchester United, Tottenham monitoring Atletico Madrid star; player wants Barcelona move

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Yannick Carrasco could be on the move from Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window later this year. The Belgian international’s contract with the club expires in 2024 and he is being heavily linked with an exit.

As is well known at this point, Barcelona have secured a €20 million purchase option for Carrasco in the summer as part of their negotiations to sell Memphis Depay to Atleti last month.

But, according to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are also monitoring Carrasco’s situation at the Civitas Metropolitano and could make a move to sign him up in the next transfer window.

Tottenham are long-term admirers of Carrasco and have previously made attempts to sign him. And it seems like their interest in the 29-year-old wide midfielder remains intact.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are also said to be keeping a close watch on Carrasco’s situation at Atletico Madrid as they are on the lookout to bolster their flanks further.

But any move from Tottenham or Manchester United would require Barcelona not to trigger their option to sign Carrasco from Atletico Madrid in the summer.

The update from Romano states that the Catalan giants are yet to make a decision on whether they want to activate their buy option for the winger.

While that may be so, SPORT is reporting that Carrasco has his heart set on a move to Spotify Camp Nou and would be ready to snub interest from the Premier League clubs in order to join Xavi’s Barcelona.

The Belgian’s agent, Pini Zahavi, has a good relationship with Barcelona, having helped them sign Robert Lewandowski last summer. He even tried to engineer a move to Camp Nou for Carrasco in January, but the Colchoneros did not budge.

As things stand, Carrasco’s future seems to be away from Atletico Madrid. What now remains to be seen is if Barcelona decide to sign him or whether he ends up in the Premier League.

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