What future for João Félix?


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João Félix’s future took an unexpected turn last Tuesday. During a press conference, Enrique Cerezo confirmed the new release a little earlier by brand. Mauricio Pochettino is not counting on the Portuguese attacking midfielder for next season with Chelsea. “The truth is that I can’t tell you the plan for João. This is the news we got yesterday, that the new coach does not count on him at Chelsea. We don’t have anything planned yet, João is an Atlético player now.”then informed President Colchonero.

A news that does not help many people except the Blues, who will not pay a large sum to exercise the purchase option. We were still talking about an amount between 80 and 100 M€. The English club had even thought of including a player (Aubameyang and Cucurella were mentioned) in the transaction to lower the note. There will be none of that. While he wanted to stay on the London side, João Félix returns to Atlético de Madrid where he is still under contract until 2027. However, the player and the club do not really want this situation to continue…

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Atlético do not count on him

His departure on loan last winter was a relief for both parties. In conflict with Diego Simeone, the former Benfica player wanted to find pleasure on the field, playing time and above all no longer have the Argentine coach on his back on a daily basis. The Cholo has never done the lace with him, claiming that no one was essential, despite the 127 M€ spent to recruit him in the summer of 2019. A record transfer synonymous with relative failure after three and a half seasons spent in the Spanish capital.

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Obviously, the future of the Portuguese is written in dotted lines at Atlético. It’s hard to imagine Felix and Simeone working together again over time. The problem is that when the market opens, no club has reported yet. The Colchoneros have not received the slightest proposal or request for information. Newcastle was mentioned for a time, especially since the Toons will return to the Champions League at the start of the school year. Not sure that this will materialize especially since the playmaker has not really given the change during his 5 months in the Premier League.

There are not many exit doors

In 20 appearances in all competitions, the Lusitanian international (29 caps, 5 goals) scored 4 goals and provided an assist. He also received a red card in his first match. The instability of the Blues did not help either. Holder with Graham Potter, he demoted in the hierarchy following the arrival of Frank Lampard and had to settle for a substitute role. It is now up to his agent Jorge Mendes to find him a way out, which does not look so numerous as Felix’s profile is special. At 23, it’s time for him to get out of his repeated failures…

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