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Official: Joao Felix leaves Atletico Madrid to join Chelsea on loan



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The January transfer window is in full flow, as several big names have been linked with exits already. Joao Felix was one of them, with Atletico Madrid ready to offload him after several quiffs with manager Diego Simeone.

His exit has now been finalised, with Chelsea reaching an agreement with Atleti to sign him on a six-month loan. Felix has also agreed to extend his contract until 2027 with the Colchoneros, which means the Blues do not have the option to buy him after the loan.

Felix was linked to multiple clubs in the last few months, including Manchester United, Arsenal, and even Paris Saint-Germain. However, Atletico’s demands — including a hefty loan fee, put several suiters off.

Chelsea are in a complicated position in the league, having scored just 20 goals in 17 games while sitting in 10th place. Their tally is the worst in the top ten, and even less than Leicester City and Leeds United, who are in 13th and 14th place respectively.

Graham Potter will hope Felix helps add to this tally as they attempt a charge to European places in the second half of the season.

The Blues will be shelling out a loan fee of €11 million for the Portuguese international while covering his full wages for the remainder of the season.

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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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