Simeone gets rid of a ‘problem’: Joao Félix, to Chelsea

The Portuguese, the most costly signing within the historical past of Atlético, leaves on mortgage to the Premier after his everlasting battle with the Argentine coach.

Joao Flix, throughout his final sport with Atlético.Rodrigo JimenezEFE

The fourth season was introduced because the definitive leap. joao flix, who is popping 23, meant to cease being referred to as the most costly man within the historical past of Atlético de Madrid to develop into the mandatory benchmark. A bodily preparation on trip in Ibiza, a reset after a earlier season marked by the ultimate damage and a summer time, lastly, with out rumors of departure. Nothing farther from the intentions, the Portuguese packs on January 10 the suitcases that he has been ordering for a very long time. He’s already in London, enjoying for Chelsea till the tip of the season (within the absence of an official announcement), on mortgage and not using a buy possibility. An escape route for the participant, for the membership and, above all, for Simeone. A collective failure too.

As a result of one thing broke a very long time in the past with Cholo. Cross messages, steady fuss, punishments and such excessive efficiency, in good and unhealthy, that it stung. “The connection between the grasp and him just isn’t good, neither is his motivation,” she brazenly said. Miguel angel Gil Marn through the World Cup. Joao Flix, who earlier than leaving prolonged his contract for an additional yr (till 2027) because the final purple and white situation (to scale back the annual amortization), finds a spot within the Premier the place he can no less than smile and relaunch his profession. Atlético, exterior of Europe and with out title choices within the League, alleviates his accounts, as Chelsea pays a complete of round 12 million euros, eight for the mortgage plus the Portuguese’s wage till the tip of the yr. And Simeone eliminates an issue.

In six months a brand new chapter can be written in regards to the participant for whom Atlético paid Benfica 127.2 million euros when he had not even turned 20, an unprecedented outlay within the mattress entity, “the most important wager the membership has made” . So, on the finish of the season, all of the eventualities within the framework jorge mendes they are going to see one another once more. The sale of the attacking midfielder, for whom nobody appeared keen to pay the 100 million now that Atlético demanded, neither Arsenal nor Manchester United, who had been the opposite groups. Or permanence if the Cholo period involves an finish 11 years later.

A Chelsea in disaster

Earlier than placing himself beneath the orders of Graham Potter and to attempt the response of a Chelsea that marches 10 within the Premier, far even from the European locations and that has been eradicated from the FA Cup -in the Champions League they are going to face Borussia Dortmund within the spherical of 16-, Joao Flix disputed, with extra sorrow What a glory, his final rojiblanco sport on Sunday in opposition to that Bara that a number of summers ran as a suitor. He did it as a starter, after ‘erasing’ from the 2 Cup video games at Arenteiro and Oviedo on his return from the World Cup. And this time he was not as transcendent as in his earlier ones: he had simply scored 4 targets (his solely ones on this League) within the final three video games.

“The sphere speaks,” Simeone had stated a while in the past about his deteriorating relationship with Joao Flix, who has participated in 14 of Atlético’s 16 league video games, seven as a starter and just one full. And in 5 of the Champions League, during which he was neither a starter nor a mark. In complete, in his three and a half seasons as a rojiblanco, marked by bodily issues and in addition by this final stretch of apparent battle together with his coach, the Portuguese has performed 131 video games, with a report of 34 targets and 18 assists.

After the switch of Joao and that of Matheus Cunha At Wolverhampton, Atlético relieves its employees and its wage mass, one of many goals of the directive after the European elimination. However incorporations akin to that of Borja Iglesias from Betis nor the return of any of these on mortgage, particularly that of a Rodrigo Riquelme that shines in Girona.