In December 2021, Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone made a statement related to the Portuguese youngster Joao Felix when asked about his situation in the club. The Argentine manager has refused to rule out Joao Felix leaving Atletico Madrid in the January transfer window. Joao Felix is not one of the most selected players in Atletico Madrid betting.
“I always understand everything. I’m open to everything,” Simeone said in a news conference when asked if he would understand Joao Felix asking to depart. “The most important thing is the team. Joao is an important piece of our team.”
It was a surprising statement from Simeone as the club were adamant not to sell the young talent. They did not even like to hear a deal with Barcelona when they approached him in June for a deal that included Griezmann and Felix.
The 22-year-old joined from Benfica in 2019 in a deal worth 126 million euros, the second-highest fee ever paid to sign a teenager. But he has failed to perform consistently since or find a regular place in Simeone’s starting team.
But now, the situation has changed a little bit after the transfer window opened. The reports coming from the Spanish club is that they don’t want to sell him. The management wants to see him succeed in their club.
Joao Felix has attracted interest from Manchester City, but Atletico Madrid and Diego Simeone see the Portuguese as untouchable in Madrid.
Pep Guardiola had wanted Joao Felix to join him in England before Atletico managed to sign him from Benfica. Barcelona has also shown an interest in the No.7 in the past. But there’s no chance of the forward leaving the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, neither this January nor in the summer.
Last season, he helped Atletico win the La Liga title but has played a bit-part role for the ongoing campaign, starting just four league games to date. The forward has made only 18 appearances, bagging three goals and registering as many assists.
Manchester City made their interest in signing Joao Felix stronger after Ferran Torres moved to Barcelona in the winter transfer window. The Portuguese attacking player will be well suited for Pep’s tactics when he plays without a No.9, and Felix is a player who plays well behind the position of the striker.
Simeone and the management have always trusted Felix, and they know his talent. But now some doubts are arising on his consistency and also, his prominence in the team is getting lesser and lesser. The arrival of Greizmann also made the situation worse for him.
As the World Cup is coming in November, Joao Felix needs to have more playing time to improve his performance and keep his consistency. Otherwise, his place from the Portugal National Team will be in danger. So, there are chances of him moving away from Madrid.