Marca is well known as a Real Madrid paper but also has connections across the city at Atletico. Today they have an update on the Joao Felix story. The Portuguese attacker is on loan at Chelsea from Los Rojiblancos, and for some time it’s felt like that deal could be made permanent.
He certainly likes it here, and doesn’t want to go back to scary training sessions with Diego Simeone.
But Marca’s report is that he won’t get his wish because incoming manager Mauricio Pochettino “doesn’t want” the attacking midfielder in his squad.
That should mean the end of the story here. It is hard to imagine Felix fitting in too well to a Pochettino team, which are known for their hard running and their absolute commitment to the cause. Felix is a nice player, but he’s doing more nutmegs than defensive actions. Given the squad is bloated and in desperate need of a trim, letting Felix’s loan lapse seems a smart move all round.
On the other hand, as we saw with last summer and in January, the manager’s wishes are not always the only factor taken into account, and if the club are determined to sign Felix or think they have a potential great deal on their hands, they are happy to override a coach’s wishes.
Would it be wise to do that even before your new man has stepped foot through the door? Probably not.