Reports have emerged that Chelsea want to buy ‘loanee’ João Felix outright, but Mauricio Pochettino has other ideas. Felix is returning to Atletico Madrid.
Felix has been called the next Ronaldo and is considered the future of Portugal. Having sold Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid needed a ‘superstar’ to replace him and saw Felix as the perfect fit.
Expectations were high, but his performance was a bit ambiguous. In his first year, he played 36 games, including cup competitions, and scored nine goals and provided three assists. While the stats weren’t bad, his performances were hard to give a passing grade to, and he had his ups and downs. Still, he scored 10 goals and five assists last season and was a key part of Atletico’s offense at the start of this season, scoring four goals and three assists in 13 games.
He’s had his ups and downs, but he’s still an attractive option. Chelsea, who were in particular desperate need of attacking reinforcements, jumped into the fray and eventually finalized a loan deal. The deal is worth €11 million, with 100% of his salary to be paid by Chelsea, and while there is no option to buy, there is a possibility of a full transfer if Atletico make a satisfactory offer.
Chelsea are happy with Felix’s performance. Since joining the Blues on loan in the winter transfer window, Felix has been a consistent performer, 메이저사이트 and while he lacks attacking credentials, he’s done a good job in terms of performances. Chelsea want to buy him outright, and the player himself is happy at Chelsea.
A full transfer seemed likely. Recently, Fabrizio Romano, a highly respected journalist in European soccer, stated that “Chelsea want to keep Felix as part of a long-term project. We are very happy with his impact and Felix wants to stay at Chelsea. The deal is up to Atletico and negotiations will take place soon. A new coach is also an important factor.”
However, the situation has changed: Pochettino, who took over at Chelsea after Graham Potter and Frank Lampard, doesn’t want Felix.
“Felix will not be at Chelsea next season. Pochettino has decided and he will return to Atletico,” the Romano reported. Atletico president Enrique Cereso also said, “We have received information that Felix is not part of Pochettino’s plans. He will return here.”