Joao Felix signed for Chelsea on loan during the January transfer window, but his dreams of joining the Blues permanently were dashed when he was dismissed on his debut.
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Joao Felix, who is almost ready to return for Chelsea F.C. has acknowledged that his future beyond the summer is uncertain.
During the January transfer window, the attacker moved from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea on loan until the end of the campaign. However, 58 minutes into his debut for the Blues against Fulham, he received a straight red card, and as a result, was suspended for the remainder of their three games.
Chelsea continued to make significant signings during his absence, adding Mykhaylo Mudryk and David Datro Fofana to their squad. Due to this, there are now questions about whether Felix will actually return to Stamford Bridge permanently after his loan period is through.
Felix seems to be unsure about what will happen to him after the season is over. According to the Portugal international, the loan arrangement does not include an option for Chelsea to purchase the player, so they would have to negotiate with Atletico.
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“You don’t have a purchase option. They would have to reach an agreement with Atlético. I’ve only been here a few weeks, a month. I am knowing everything. I am very comfortable, but the future nobody knows,” he told AS.
“It is a great club, as we all know. The structures are very, very good, they have everything. He has a lot of people around the team so that everything is fine and that makes the difference. It is very well structured.
“It is clearly noticeable, due to the signings and everything. The club is also changing inside, new people are getting in and they are in a phase of changes. You can tell that it is a club that has a lot of money.”
Graham Potter voiced his disappointment at Felix being dismissed before ever being able to play for his new team in a full game. However, the Blues manager thought that his performance against Fulham made his talent obvious.
“It was a forward’s tackle, there was no malice in it but I understand why it was a red. It is another blow; the hits keep coming at the moment. It is one of those really tough moments for us,” Potter said after the defeat at Craven Cottage.
“You can see his quality. He is a top, top player. He took the ball, caused danger. On another day he could have scored and it makes it more frustrating we are going to lose him for three games.”
Last Friday, the Cottagers held Chelsea to a scoreless draw, halting Chelsea’s three-game winning streak. They will be hoping to narrow the gap on the European qualification spots with a victory over West Ham now that Felix is back in the squad.