João Félix will not stay at Chelsea next season as things stand, Atlético Madrid president announces. We have been informed 24h ago that Pochettino does not count with João Félix for the Chelsea project. He will return here at Atléti and we’ll see. we’ve nothing planned”, Atlético president Cerezo says.
João was very happy in London but the loan deal has no buy option included, it was up to the two clubs.
Chelsea will not be signing loanee Joao Felix on a permanent deal this summer.
The Atletico Madrid forward joined the Premier League side on loan in January and played 20 times in all competitions, scoring four goals and recording no assists.
And new manager Mauricio Pochettino has already decided he does not want to complete a £ 15 million permanent deal for the Portuguese star.
In a ruthless first move, the Argentine has ditched the player Atletico signed for £113m – the fourth-most expensive transfer of all time – in 2019.
Atletico president Enrique Cerezo has confirmed the Blues will not be taking up the opportunity to sign Felix, adding that he will return to the Spanish capital.
Cerezo told Spanish outlet AS: ‘Yesterday we had the news that the new Chelsea manager (Pochettino) does not (want) João Félix.
‘We’ve known for less than 24 hours.
‘He’ll come back here and we’ll see. We don’t have anything planned.’