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Simeone praises wantaway Atletico Madrid star after performance at World Cup

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Atletico Madrid have struggled to get the best out of marquee forward Joao Felix in the three years that he has been at the club. The Portuguese ace has failed to carve out a regular berth for himself in Diego Simeone’s plans at the Civitas Metropolitano.

Having struggled to earn starts this season, Felix is said to be frustrated with his situation at Atletico Madrid and is understood to be seeking an exit from the club at the earliest possible.

Things have been a bit rocky between Felix and Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, despite the latter insisting that he rates the 23-year-old highly and wants him to stay at the club.

Currently away at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, where he is representing Portugal, Felix showcased his quality in his team’s 3-2 win over Ghana yesterday. The 23-year-old found the back of the net on the evening and looked good in his overall gameplay.

And, Simeone, who is in Doha, hailed his forward’s performance for the Portuguese national team, insisting that the World Cup was the perfect platform for Felix to display his quality.

“I saw him very well. It’s an ideal tournament for him, short, where you see the beauty, the speed, where you fall in love with players like him. He played with a lot of personality, playing in accordance with what the team needed and he played a part in the three goals,” said Simeone (h/t MARCA).

While Simeone Los Rojiblancos continue to insist that they have faith in Felix, their financial situation means that a lucrative offer for the forward could tempt them into selling the Portuguese international.

The 23-year-old is attracting interest from the likes of PSG and Bayern Munich, while Manchester United are also believed to be keen. A strong run in the World Cup could see Felix attract even more suitors ahead of the January window.

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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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