Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix has been linked to a January departure due to rumors that he has a strained relationship with manager Diego Simeone.
When the Portuguese international arrived from Benfica in a move of £113 million in 2019, he broke the club’s record for new players.
Manchester United is one of the teams rumored to be interested in signing the forward, who turns 23 in November. But as of late, there have been rumors that things might have changed.
Atleti’s midweek Champions League match against Club Brugge saw Felix sit on the sidelines.
And rumors out of Portugal claim Simeone has been accused of bullying, which might open the door for a January transfer.
Joao Felix wants to quit Atleti after losing patience with Simeone according to A Bola.
According to the article, the forward was sent to warm up three times on Wednesday but wasn’t called into action.
The report asserts that a health expert connected to Atlético Madrid and who is keeping track of what is occurring, characterized the situation as bullying and alerted those in charge of the club.
According to the article, the incident wasn’t an isolated occurrence and that there is no going back in terms of the relationship between the player and manager.
Atleti’s first two games in the Champions League and the first four of the regular season were both started by Joao Felix.
Nevertheless, he has only played for 29 minutes in each of the Rojiblancos’ four games in October because he has been a substitute in every match since the international break.
After the midweek draw at the Wanda Metropolitano, Simeone said, “At first I thought: we are going to complete the match with Cunha on the right, Joao on the left, and Morata up front, but then I saw that they had the strength to come out with counterattacks.”
Atleti are now in third place in their group and must win both of their remaining games against Bayer Leverkusen and Porto in order to continue playing in the Champions League.
“The tension was making us want to attack and win the game, and I realized that the strength in the middle of the field could provide us greater security as Griezmann started to tire. He was fine for attacking, but Axel [Witsel] was trained for holding.
I think everything went well from what we were hoping for, which was to keep supporting the team in attack, keep having scoring chances, keep playing the game so that we don’t lose it and stay out of the Champions League,” said the Argentine.