Chelsea signed four players in January, but Joao Felix is by far the most well-known. Joo Félix, a forward for Portugal, has joined Chelsea on loan from Atlético Madrid in a deal that will keep him there until the end of the season.
Felix’s decision to extend his contract with Atletico for an additional year. Which will expire in June 2027, and was made public on Wednesday.
“I hope to help the team reach their goals, Chelsea is one of the great teams in the world,” the player stated. I’m beyond thrilled to be here and to play at Stamford Bridge.”
Felix became the third-most expensive player ever when Atlético defied the 126 million euro (roughly $140 million) buyout clause in his contract to sign him from Benfica in 2019.
The 23-year-old Felix is no longer a guaranteed starter under Diego Simeone’s direction. But Atletico moved to extend his current contract. “We wish Joo Félix every success in this new professional stage from Atlético de Madrid,” the Spanish club said in a statement.
Felix will hope to return to his best form for Chelsea. Which has struggled to find attacking inspiration in recent results that have put pressure on manager Graham Potter.
Felix is by far the most well-known of Chelsea’s four January signings. Which include Ivory Coast forward David Datro Fofana, Brazilian midfielder Andrey Santos, and France defender Benoît Badiashile.
Félix is a Portugal international who participated in four of Portugal’s five matches at the World Cup in Qatar. Competes with Raheem Sterling, Christian Pulisic, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Kai Havertz. Hakim Ziyech for a spot in the forward line provided that he is fit.
Félix never quite lived up to the high expectations that came with his high-profile 2019 transfer to Barcelona to replace Antoine Griezmann, who had left Atlético for the Catalan club.
When Félix was 19 years old, many people in Portugal thought of him as the next Cristiano Ronaldo. Atlético fans thought he would become one of the team’s biggest stars.
The fact that he needed more time to adjust to playing in a top league was the primary factor in his poor first season.
Even though he struggled with injuries and did not play a significant role in the title campaign. He helped Atlético win the Spanish league championship the following season. He has since shown glimpses of greatness.
But he hasn’t consistently performed to the level that fans had hoped for. His departure comes amid reports that he became more enmity toward Simeone. Who has repeatedly denied having any issues with the player?