Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has refused to rule out the possibility of Joao Felix leaving the club in January. So, among recent football transfer news, Simeone is wary about Joao Felix’s exit, possibly in the winter transfer window.
Joao Felix arrived at Atletico Madrid from Benfica for €126 million (£113m/$142m) in 2019.
But the 22-year-old has struggled to consistently replicate his best form since Atletico smashed their transfer record to sign him.
In addition to this, injuries and increased competition also mean the forward has found limited regular first-team opportunities this term.
Felix’s struggles this term have been exacerbated by an ankle injury suffered playing for Portugal at Euro 2020. This ankle ailment caused him to miss the start of the season, before picking up a calf problem in November.
Finally, the summer signings of Matheus Cunha and Antoine Griezmann to Atletico Madrid further limited his opportunities. In fact, Felix has made just six starts in all competitions so far, scoring just one goal across this season.
Football Transfer News – Simeone Is Wary about Joao Felix’s Exit
As a result of all this, rumours of Joao Felix moving from Atletico Madrid during the winter window are rampant.
His Atletico head coach Diego Simeone weighed in on whether the forward would transfer away from the club next month.
Simeone told a news conference: “I always understand everything, I’m open to everything.
“The most important thing is the team. Joao is an important piece of our team.”
However, Simeone did also appear to offer Felix an olive branch.
The coach talked about how impressed he was with his second-half substitute appearance against Real Madrid last weekend.
“He has to repeat performances like the one he gave the other day at the Bernabeu,” Simeone added.
“He played 30-35 minutes and showed all the talent he has. Let’s hope he repeats it, because that’s the player we need.”
“I’ve spoken a lot with him. I don’t have anything to explain to you about what needs to be worked on inside,” Simeone continued.
“Seeing Joao for just a few minutes, you realise he’s a great player. He’s going through a situation of growth, we’ve seen it with Portugal and maybe here too. It’s about maturing and growing to find the consistency that football demands.”