Mauricio Pochettino Makes Final Call on Joao Felix’s Potential Chelsea Transfer

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In a surprising turn of events, Mauricio Pochettino, the newly appointed manager of Chelsea, has decided against making Joao Felix‘s move to the club permanent. The Portuguese international, who joined Chelsea on loan during the January transfer window, will not be part of Pochettino’s plans at Stamford Bridge.

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Joao Felix’s Short-lived Chelsea Journey

Felix joined Chelsea on loan for the second half of the 2022-23 season, with the Blues paying a £10 million fee for his services. Despite showing flashes of brilliance during his short stay at the club, including a fine solo effort against Manchester United, Felix’s future at Chelsea has been cut short by Pochettino’s decision.

Atletico Madrid’s president, Enrique Cerezo, confirmed the news, stating, “Yesterday we had the news that the new Chelsea manager does not [want] João Félix. He’ll come back here and we’ll see. We don’t have anything planned.”

Felix’s Love for Chelsea and Future Prospects

Despite the decision, Felix had expressed his fondness for Chelsea, stating, “These four or five months, I love it. It’s a top club. Everyone in the club was very good to me, my teammates [have been] unbelievable. And I really like to be here.”

With Felix set to return to Atletico Madrid this summer, his future remains uncertain. Meanwhile, Chelsea, under the new leadership of Mauricio Pochettino, is expected to undergo several changes in the coming months. The club is reportedly eager to bring in a new goalkeeper, a midfielder, and a striker, and is in talks to sign Sporting Lisbon star Manuel Ugarte.

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