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Diego Simeone hints that people at Atletico ‘don’t like’ Joao Felix

Diego Simeone has asserted that there is a lack of fondness for Joao Felix among individuals at Atletico Madrid

Diego Simeone highlighted that the Portuguese forward Joao Felix never truly adapted to the club’s way of life. Nonetheless, Simeone also indicated that Atletico would be pleased if the forward achieves success at Barcelona, where he is currently on loan.

During the second half of the previous season, the 24-year-old Joao Felix was loaned to Chelsea. Following an unsuccessful stint in London, he returned to Atletico Madrid before embarking on another loan spell, this time joining Barcelona during the summer transfer window. Impressively, he has made a strong start at Barcelona, contributing three goals and four assists in 14 games under the management of Xavi.

Simeone wishes Joao Felix well!

Speaking to El Larguero de la Ser, the Atletico boss said of Felix’s struggles at Wanda Metropolitano: “They are opinions or personal gestures. It is a question for him. The people at Atlético don’t like it. We have another idiosyncrasy and when you don’t understand it, it is difficult to be there. If I am Argentine and I am in Spain, I have to live like in Spain. Everything good that happens to him is extraordinary for us. If he stays in Barcelona there will be an important income and if he returns, we are here for three years so that he can come back to what he has improved elsewhere.

Additionally, Simeone added on the suggestion Felix never gave his all for Atletico: “It’s unfair, he couldn’t give everything he would have wanted, I don’t think that’s it. He couldn’t. He gave what he could give. Today we see him well, with a more reactive intention to the loss of the ball, more active in attack, he was always talented, it is difficult for him to run meters back. Anything that happens well for Joao we will be happy at Atlético because it will be better for the club.”

The Barcelona player may feature in the upcoming match for Portugal against Liechtenstein in a Euro 2024 qualifying fixture on November 16.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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