Joao Felix has delivered an update on his future at Chelsea, as he now seems closer to staying in England than heading back to Atletico Madrid.
Since joining the Blues from Los Rojiblancos on a short-term loan in January, the Portugal international has been a permanent first-team fixture in west London.
Chelsea can turn his deal permanent in the summer for £70 million, a figure they are more than willing to splash out after being impressed by the youngster’s early impact in the Premier League.
While Felix recently stated how keen he is to play in the Champions League amid the Pensioners’ torrid domestic season, he looks to have changed his stance.
“For now, I’m on loan here at Chelsea, so I don’t know the future yet,” he said, as relayed by Fabrizio Romano.
“But I’m here, and I can see that it’s a big club with a big project. For sure, Chelsea are a big European team – I feel and see that.”
Securing Champions League football for next season is already a pipe dream for Chelsea as they languish in mid-table in the Premier League amid one of the worst seasons for the club in years.
Graham Potter’s side have an alternate route into Europe’s elite competition after overcoming Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League first knockout round.
However, the draw was not kind to the Pensioners, pitting them against defending champions and record-time winners Real Madrid in a blockbuster quarter-final tie.
Based on their underwhelming showings on the domestic front, Chelsea will have to play out of their skin to battle their way past Los Blancos to keep their faint hopes of reaching the Champions League alive.
Luckily for them, Stamford Bridge has grown attached to Felix’s heart, who remains an always-present figure in Potter’s starting line-up despite struggling with his goalscoring output.
The 23-year-old forward has been a rare bright spot in an otherwise poor-performing Chelsea frontline in 2023, using his quick movement and sublime technique to create spaces for himself and his teammates.
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