Felix is ‘keen to leave Atletico’ as the £114m forward has ‘LOST PATIENCE’


Joao Felix is reportedly keen to leave Atletico Madrid after losing patience with boss Diego Simeone after losing his place in the starting line-up.

Boss Simeone has preferred Antoine Griezmann, Alvaro Morata, Matheus Cunha and Angel Correa in attack recently – having played just 29 minutes in the past four matches.

The 22-year-old Portuguese attacker is yet to score for the side in La Liga or the UEFA Champions League this season and was an unused substitute in the midweek 0-0 draw with Club Brugge.

Felix is said to frustrated about being used sparingly and is keen to leave the LaLiga giants in the January transfer window, according to Portuguese outlet A Bola.

The situation has dragged on since the end of the 2020/2021 season, where Felix played six months injured and did not feel recognised by the coach during that period – with Felix feeling their relationship is now irreparable.

Felix’s contract runs until 2026 and it will likely require a hefty fee to sign him from Atletico, who paid £114million to sign him from Benfica back in 2019.

Simeone, however, recently defended his decision to leave Felix on the bench during their latest Champions League clash with Club Brugge – despite the attacker warming up three times.

After the fifth subtitution, in which he brought on defensive midfielder Axel Witsel over Felix, the forward showed his anger with Simeone and threw his training bib on the floor.

‘First I thought: we are going to finish the match with Cunha on the right, Joao on the left and Morata up front,’ Simeone told Diaro AS.

‘But then I saw that they had to the strength to get out with counter-attacks, because of the nervousness that was being generated by our desire to win the match, and wanting to attack, and I understood that strength in the middle of the pitch could give us more security, given that Griezmann started to run out of energy.

‘For attacking, he [Joao] was good, but in order to sustain [the attacks] Axel came on.

‘I think that it went well in terms of what we were looking for, which was sustaining the team in attack, continuing to have chances, continuing to play the match in order to not lose it and go out of the Champions League… In this back and forth of choice I took that decision.’

Felix was clearly not over the snub on Thursday as he scored a goal in training before putting his finger to his libs and ‘shushing’, which was captured on camera.

Felix took a while to find his grove with Simeone’s side but began to settle in soon after penning a seven-year contract.

During the 2021-2022 season, Felix scored 10 goals in 35 appearances, matching the same goal tally from the campaign before.

However, in total he has scored just 29 goals and added 18 assists in 122 games, which is largely underwhelming for the price that Atletico paid for him.


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