Joao Felix Lifts Lid On Chelsea Future

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Joao Felix has revealed an important criteria for his next club if he leaves Atletico Madrid permanently in the next transfer window.
Joao Felix has revealed an important criteria for his next club if he leaves Atletico Madrid permanently in the next transfer window.

On-loan Chelsea star Joao Felix has revealed the important criteria the club needs to fulfil if he is to stay at Stamford Bridge beyond this season.

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In the January transfer window, the Blues paid Atletico Madrid €11 million (R214 million) to sign out-of-favour Felix on loan for the rest of the campaign.

Since arriving in the English capital, the Portugal international has shown the quality he possesses, even if it has not yet been translating into consistent results for Graham Potter's charges.

The 23-year-old has now spoken about his enjoyment at playing in west London and hinted at a possible desire to stay at Stamford Bridge, but also confessed that UEFA Champions League football will be an important factor for any potential suitor in the next transfer window.

"It's a competition that everyone wants to play," the former Benfica man said, as per the Daily Mirror.

"But now I'm focused on this Champions League, and [Tuesday night's] game. We have a lot of games yet to try to reach the Champions League in the league. It's not over.

"But yeah, playing in the Champions League is an important decision but the future no one knows, so let's see what happens and then we'll see.

"It's a different kind of football. The league is different. The way the teams play in LaLiga and Premier League is totally different. I felt that in the first game.

"Chelsea is a team who likes to attack, who likes to have the ball, who likes to dominate the game, so that's the game I like to play. I feel very free to play here, to play as I like. I'm loving it."

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With the English giants currently languishing in 10th position on the EPL log, it seems unlikely they will qualify for the Europe's biggest club competition via the Premier League, making triumph in this season's iteration all the more important should they wish to attract the likes of Felix on permanent deals.

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