Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann has hinted that Joao Felix struggled to adapt to Diego Simeone’s requirements at the Rojiblancos.
Joao Felix experienced a varied three-year spell at Atleti before going on loan twice in the past nine months. He joined Barcelona alongside fellow Portuguese Joao Cancelo in September but has faced challenges in settling into life in Catalonia.
In an interview with Movistar+ Griezmann, a former Barca player himself, revealed why Felix never settled in Madrid: “In the end when you get here you know more or less what the coach is like, what the team is like, you adapt and work for it or things don’t work out for you.”
Griezmann seemed to suggest that Felix won’t play for the club again. He said: “You have to be constant and there came a time when he got tired, he couldn’t see himself here anymore and that’s why he and the club made the effort to give him a way out.”
Joao Felix has expressed a desire to continue at Barcelona, but the prospect of a deal to secure his stay in Catalonia appears complex. Barcelona is facing financial difficulties, making it challenging to meet Atletico Madrid’s asking price. Atleti had paid a fee of €126 million (£111m/$143m) to acquire him from Benfica in 2019.