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Diego Simeone blames Joao Felix for lack of gametime this season

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Atletico Madrid supervisor Diego Simeone has supplied a withering evaluation of Joao Felix’s complaints about his enjoying time, saying the ahead is answerable for his lack of minutes to date this season.

The 22-year-old appeared to be lastly delivering on his £113m switch payment final season earlier than his marketing campaign was prematurely ended by damage. This season, nevertheless, he has struggled to make an influence and has performed simply 29 minutes during the last 4 matches.

Rumours have begun to flow into that Felix desires to depart Atleti in January, and has requested his brokers to seek out him a transfer instantly.

Chatting with Marca forward of his facet’s sport towards Athletic Membership, Simeone was dismissive of Felix’s complaints and insisted he would proceed to start out gamers on benefit.

“I’m going to be very clear in the identical means through which I defined it to Joao. I wish to win with Correa, with Joao, with Griezmann, with Cunha, with Morata.

“The one actuality is that which is. Within the 12 months that we gained La Liga, he had an unimaginable 12 months till he obtained injured and he ended up enjoying.

“Within the second season, within the ‘league of the 14’, he wasn’t enjoying, however he started to play towards Osasuna, he did very effectively, he responded with objectives, he gave every thing for the group, which he has, and he performed till he obtained injured.

“Within the following season he had a superb preseason, past his damage, with good video games towards Juventus and based mostly on his good performances, he performed.”

“And now, when his efficiency has gotten worse, different teammates play. As a result of I consider Joao is the same as Correa and everybody else. As quickly as he returns to performing effectively in coaching, he works, he recovers his goalscoring, which we’ll want, he’ll play.

“However whereas I’m right here, it goes by performances. That’s the reason different teammates are enjoying. It stays clear that each time he was good, he performed.”

Atletico Madrid have carried out under expectations to date this season and are six factors adrift of Barcelona and Actual Madrid within the title race.

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