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Atletico Madrid agree to extend Joao Felix’s loan stint at Barcelona



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According to a report from SPORT, Atletico Madrid have agreed to Barcelona’s request for another loan deal involving Joao Felix.

The report highlights that Barcelona’s management highly appreciates Felix’s desire to continue playing for their team. 

On the other hand, Atletico Madrid also see this positively because Felix has turned down offers from Saudi Arabia and Benfica to remain with Barcelona.

Now, it is said that Felix has communicated to Atletico Madrid that he only wants to play for Barcelona and everyone involved in this decision believes that repeating the arrangement used in the current season is the best choice.

Barcelona want to test Felix under Flick

At Barcelona, even with a change in management, the main concern is that Xavi has not been able to bring out the best in Felix. 

However, with Hansi Flick now in charge, there is a renewed sense of optimism. The team believes that the German coach can help Felix reach his full potential once again.

The decision to extend the loan deal is seen as mutually beneficial for both clubs and the player. 

Joao Felix will continue at Barcelona for another season. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

On the other hand, Felix’s insistence on playing for Barcelona stems from his belief, and the belief of those around him, that staying with the club is the best option for his career at this point.

Atletico Madrid hold the key

Faced with such resolve, Atletico Madrid have little choice but to accommodate his wishes and mitigate any potential fallout. 

Hence, they have agreed to a new loan deal, with all parties on board. There won’t be an option for Barcelona to buy him outright, with the terms contingent upon reaching financial agreements, subject to salary constraints. 

Although formalising the loan may take some time, it is a certainty that it will come to fruition eventually.

Right now, it is said that Felix is not in a rush and is prepared to bide his time until the conditions are favourable for his continued stint with Barcelona, even if it means training separately during the preseason at Atletico Madrid. 

All parties, including Diego Simeone, are committed to this arrangement, and willing to allow Felix to train individually until the loan deal is finalised.

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