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Joao Felix delivers update over long-term Chelsea future after ‘perfect’ Atletico loan departure



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Joao Felix has remained coy on his Chelsea future after being quizzed on whether or not he would like to stay at Stamford Bridge.

The 23-year-old joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid in January after a £9.7 million fee was agreed between the clubs for Felix to make the switch until the end of the season.

Felix was sent off on his Chelsea debut against Fulham in January, and has only scored one goal since his arrival from Spain.

“It’s not normal for me to get a red card. It was a stupid red card,” was Felix’s verdict on his dismissal in the west London derby. “We, and I, was playing good. Unfortunately, the referee showed me the red card. But it’s football, it happens. It was worse because it was my debut.”

Chelsea are hoping to turn around the one-goal deficit against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night in the Champions League to keep their European hopes alive for this season, and next.

Felix is confident of winning the game in midweek, with the Portugal international insistent on that if they carry out their game plan to perfection.

He was quizzed over his future at Stamford Bridge beyond this season due to being set to return to Spain once his loan deal concludes.

Felix replied: “In terms of if I want to stay or not, the future no one knows. I am focused on tomorrow’s game. After that we don’t know what will happen. The club is amazing, I am happy to be here.”

The January move worked out for all parties and Champions League football is a key factor for Felix in any decision he makes over where he plays his football.

However, the attacker was coy on if it would affect his decision over whether or not he’d like to stay at the club next season.

“When I left Atletico, it was good for me and them,” added Felix. “It was the perfect deal, to try something different. I always try my best. I have to change to see if the things go different. It’s important for me this loan. I am very happy to play here.

“Playing Champions League is always different. It’s a competition everyone wants to play. But now, I am focused on tomorrow’s game. We have a lot of games yet to play to reach Champions League in the league. It’s not over.”

Felix has quickly become a fans’ favourite in the capital but with his very expensive price-tag, he will need to rack up the goals, assists and his impact if he is to convince Chelsea of shelling out another substantial fee to try to sign him on a permanent basis this summer.