Diego Simeone, Atletico Madrid’s powerful manager, has given Joao Felix a second chance.
Diego Simeone has given 23-year-old Joao Felix a slim chance to stay at Atletico Madrid.
After Felix’s stated desire to join Barcelona, Simeone’s comments changed the story.
Felix missed Monday’s 3-1 Atletico Madrid win over Granada. The impassioned Metropolitano audience made their feelings for the young athlete apparent.
“The La Liga has commenced, and he (Felix) is part of our squad,” Simeone told Diario AS. He understands our needs and demands. He faces Memphis, Griezmann, Morata, and Correa. If he excels, he will be promoted.”
Caglar Soyuncu and Cesar Azpilicueta’s arrivals reflected Simeone’s values. “These two humble teammates were eager to contribute.” “They competed for a starting spot,” Simeone said.
“Soyuncu, not initially a first-choice, demonstrated the determination required for those anxious to play—powerful in duels and dominant in aerial confrontations. Cesar, a dedicated player, can play center defender and fullback.
Simeone’s warning makes Felix’s return to Atletico’s starting eleven unpredictable.
Felix may stay if he can’t go in the coming weeks. If this happens, Felix will train until January, something neither party likely wanted.