Miguel Angel Gil Marin, CEO of Atlético de Madrid, admitted that the club may trade João Félix soon, but regrets: ‘It is the biggest bet this club has ever made’
The chief executive of Madrid’s athleticMiguel Angel Gil Marin admitted that João Félix may even leave the clubindicating the attacker’s relationship with the coach Diego Simeone as one of the factors that can lead to an exit.
The 23-year-old Portuguese changed the Benfica by the Spanish club in a transfer of no less than 126 million euros (R$ 690 million, in current values) in July 2019, but has struggled to justify the investment.
Felix scored three goals in 12 matches (seven starting as substitutes) in the current LaLigaand failed to score in the group stage of Champions Leaguewhen Atlético fell out of the group stage and finished in last place🇧🇷
🇧🇷[João Félix] it’s the biggest bet this club has ever made in its history,” said Atlético CEO Gil Marin to the Spanish broadcaster. TVE🇧🇷 “Personally, I think he is a great talent, a world-class player.”
“For reasons not worth going into – the relationship between him and the coach [Simeone]the minutes played, his motivation now – it makes you think that the reasonable thing is that if there is an option that is good for the player and good for the club, we can consider it.”
“Personally I would love for him to stay, but I don’t think it’s the player’s idea.”
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Talking after helping Portugal in the 6-1 victory over Switzerlandin the round of 16 of the world CupJoão Félix hinted that has problems with the way Simeone thinks about the game at the Spanish club🇧🇷
“I feel better playing for Portugal,” he said. “The way we play here is totally different. [do Atlético de Madrid]and joy is also completely different.”
João Félix arrived at Atlético as a much-hyped gem after scoring 15 goals for Benfica in its debut season, in 2018/2019.
The jewel scored 24 league goals in three and a half seasons at Metropolitano, often looking like an odd fit for Simeone’s style of play and philosophy.