Joao Felix has insisted that a move away from Atletico Madrid is ‘not on the table’ amid reports of interest from Manchester City, PSG and Tottenham.
The fourth-most expensive signing of all time, 22-year-old Felix has endured a mixed three years with Atleti, registering just 29 goals and 15 assists in 110 appearances to date.
Rumours of a clash of styles between Felix and manager Diego Simeone have been rife for a while now and this summer’s gossip column has been littered with reports that the Portugal international has been made available for transfer, with City, PSG and Tottenham all speculatively tipped to make a move.
When asked about a possible transfer by Marca, Felix wasted little time in shutting the rumours down.
“A departure from Atletico is not on the table,” he said. “I am fine and focused on Atletico. I’m calm about the future, aware of what I can do. I’m happy with myself.”
This season is expected to be a crucial one for Felix, who will be further tasked with stepping up to replace the departing Luis Suarez, who is inching closer to a move to River Plate.
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Felix bagged eight goals last year but only started 13 La Liga games, with Simeone often preferring any combination of Angel Correa, Antoine Griezmann and Matheus Cunha up top in the Portugal international’s place.
He also missed 12 games because of four separate injuries, with some fans starting to grow frustrated with his challenges in staying fit.