Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix hopes to remain at Stamford Bridge beyond the current season, according to reports. Felix joined Chelsea on loan in January and has scored three goals in the Premier League since then, despite being in and out of the team as boss Frank Lampard has looked to find his best starting XI. Sunday’s match against Manchester United will be critical for Chelsea’s chances of finishing in the top four of the Premier League, which would guarantee them a place in the Champions League next season.
Felix’s enthusiasm for Chelsea has made him a popular player with the supporters, who are keen to see him remain with the club. And while Chelsea will have to be careful in the transfer window, particularly with no European football next season, there is a chance they could do another loan deal for the forward for £16 million. Atletico Madrid reportedly wants around £88 million for the Portuguese.
Newcastle United has also been linked with a move for Felix, especially considering their recent qualification for the Champions League. But Felix’s words suggest that he is focused on the West London club and relishing his time there. “I don’t know yet my future,” he said. “But these four, five months, I loved it. It’s a top club, everyone in the club was very good to me. My teammates are unbelievable. I really like to be here.”
Chelsea’s season has been a mixed bag, and the future of some of the key players, including Mason Mount and N’Golo Kante, remains uncertain. However, Lampard’s rebuild has been entertaining at times and has seen Chelsea‘s youngsters shine. The likes of Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Reece James have all played important roles throughout the season. Regardless of the outcome, Felix may be one of the key players Lampard looks to keep in the squad as he aims to bring the club back to its past glory.
Overall, Felix’s desire to stay at Stamford Bridge and deliver for the Chelsea supporters will delight Lampard and give the fans hope that this summer’s transfer window will bring more good news than bad.