Joao Felix has responded to reports that Manchester United wants to sign him in the January transfer window in order to replace Cristiano Ronaldo.
Joao Felix has put Manchester United on hold in order to 100% concentrate on Portugal’s World Cup campaign.
After his relationship with manager Diego Simeone deteriorated, Atletico Madrid declared the 23-year-old attacker available for trade.
United are apparently still interested in signing him in the January transfer window, despite the La Liga giants reportedly rejecting a £110 million deal from them over the summer.
The Red Devils appear to have started looking for a successor for Cristiano Ronaldo, a teammate of Felix’s from Portugal, whose contract with the club was recently terminated in contentious circumstances.
However, Erik ten Hag will have to wait until the conclusion of his nation’s tournament run in Qatar if he really wants the former Benfica sensation at Old Trafford.
Felix stated at a press conference before Portugal’s quarterfinal match against Morocco on Saturday, “I am concentrating on the World Cup.
I will speak about Atletico Madrid after the World Cup is over. We are 100% focused on the World Cup, having a fantastic tournament and focusing on the Portuguese.”
The Atletico outcast, who moved to the Spanish city for a club record £113 million in 2019, has already demonstrated his ability to be a member of a successful team without Cristiano Ronaldo by helping Fernando Santos’ side defeat Switzerland 5-1 on Tuesday.
This is as a result of manager Santos’ audacious choice to leave the now-ex-United superstar off of his starting lineup before the game.
The Portuguese manager gave Goncalo Ramos the starting nod for the ensuing knockout match because he wasn’t pleased with Ronaldo’s response to being replaced in their shocking 2-1 group-stage loss to South Korea.
Felix has downplayed the effects of Ronaldo’s absence, despite Portugal’s superior performance.
The in-form 21-year-old striker paid back his manager by scoring a stunning hat-trick and leading the line more successfully than his pouting colleague had previously in Qatar.
He continued, “Since the first game, we’ve employed the same technique, whether he’s there or not. He possesses traits that others lack, but there are others who possess such traits as well.
The team, after all, always maintains the same identity.
We always look for the best solution, but everyone has their own preferences.
For my part, I don’t feel under pressure to pass the ball to Cristiano all the time. If he’s on the field, we play differently because he brings things to the game.