Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has attempted to put an end to speculations surrounding Joao Felix‘s unrest in the Spanish capital, as reports continue to link the forward with a move to Manchester United. The former Golden Boy winner spent the last half of the previous season on loan in the Premier League with Chelsea
During his time at Chelsea, Felix showcased glimpses of his brilliance, but a red card during his debut put him at a disadvantage and left him playing catch-up after serving a suspension. Additionally, the Blues encountered significant turmoil during his loan spell, diminishing his impact on the team.
Having returned to Atletico this season, Felix’s journey has not started on a positive note. He was made to train away from the rest of the first team during the initial session back on Monday. Following the training session, the 23-year-old is believed to have had a candid conversation with the club’s sporting director Andrea Berta.
It is reported that Felix expressed his dissatisfaction with his current situation at Atletico and has asked his agent, Jorge Mendes, to seek out potential suitors before the summer transfer window closes. Manchester United is among the three English top-flight clubs linked with the former Benfica sensation, alongside Newcastle and Aston Villa.
Despite Felix‘s potential departure, Atletico President Cerezo has reaffirmed the club’s position, stating, “We are delighted to have a player of Joao Felix’s caliber. Fortunately, he plays for Atlético.” He further emphasized Felix’s status as an important figure within the team and dismissed any suggestion of problems.
However, the signs indicate a different picture for Felix within Atletico. He has been stripped of his number seven shirt, which has since been given to Antoine Griezmann. The player’s remarks at the end of the previous season hinted that he was open to staying at Stamford Bridge.
“I am uncertain about my future,” Felix expressed, casting doubt on his commitment to Atletico. “Atletico Madrid is a top club. I had a great experience there, my teammates were incredible, and I really enjoyed my time.”
According to a report by Mirror.co.uk, Felix’s discontent and the club’s apparent actions indicate that his time at Atletico may be coming to an end. The player’s desire for a new challenge, coupled with potential interest from Manchester United, Newcastle, and Aston Villa, makes his departure increasingly likely as the transfer deadline looms.