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Joao Felix Atletico Madrid exit 'reasonable' to expect

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Atletico Madrid CEO Gil Marin believes Joao Felix will leave the club due to his poor relationship with Diego Simeone.
FotMob - 2 months ago

Joao Felix could leave Atletico Madrid in January due to his relationship with Diego Simeone, with the LaLiga club's chief executive Gil Marin believing an exit is "reasonable" to expect.

Atleti secured the services of the forward from Benfica in 2019 for a €126million fee, handing the Portugal international a seven-year contract.

Since he joined the club, only Luis Suarez (34) has scored more goals for Atletico than Joao Felix (33), who has also contributed 16 assists, but he has a frosty relationship with Simeone.

A fallout reportedly occurred earlier this season and, although Simeone spoke positively about the 23-year-old staying with the club in November, Marin believes a move is on the cards.

"Joao is the biggest bet the club has made. I think he has the highest level in the world," he told TVE.

"But, for reasons that now it is not worth getting in to, the relationship between the coach and him is not good, nor is his motivation.

"The reasonable thing is to analyse if any exit options arrive. The reasonable thing is to think that he will leave, even if I would love him to stay, but that is not the idea of the player."

Manchester United reportedly had a mammoth bid for Joao Felix's rejected following Erik ten Hag's arrival at Old Trafford, while Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have also been attributed with an interest.

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