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President breaks silence on £87.5M star completing Chelsea

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Atletico Madrid have broken their silence on the future of on-loan attacker Joao Felix -with CHELSEA keen on getting a transfer deal done.

Felix failed to make the grade over at Atletico Madrid and pretty much forced a move away from the club during the January transfer window – as he needed a fresh challenge in the game.

That allowed the club to swoop in and bring him to the Premier League on loan until the end of the current season – and there have been calls for the club to make his switch to Stamford Bridge a permanent one.

Now – we  are keen to keep hold of the Portugal international and see him as part of a “long-term project” at the club, according to many reports

The rumours claims Felix is also hoping to stay in west London but any deal will depend on the price that Atletico demand for the forward, with the Madrid club hoping for around €100m (£87.5m/$108.5m).

And speaking about the Portuguese forward recently, Madrid’s president Cerezo admitted the Spaniards don’t know if the on-loan 23-year-old will play for the club again.

“We don’t know what will happen to Joao in the summer”, he told Marca, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“At the moment he is at Chelsea. Then we see if he can renew or not; he can continue another season or not… but don’t worry about that.”

He has recently claimed that he could be open to staying at CHELSEA for the long-term – he recently told ESPN: ‘In terms of if I want to stay or not, I think the future, no-one knows.

‘Now I am just focused on tomorrow’s game. After that, we don’t know what will happen.

‘But I am happy here. The club is so big, is amazing, everyone behind the club is so good, so yes I am happy to be here.’

But the Portuguese International has also admitted that he has a desire to play Champions League football. But following their win over Leeds last Saturday, Chelsea are now 10th in the table, 11 points off the top four, but with a game in hand over fourth-placed Tottenham.

‘Playing Champions League is always different. It is the competition that everyone wants to play,’ he added.

‘But now I am focused on this Champions League, tomorrow’s game. We have a lot of games yet to try to reach the Champions League in the league. It is not over.

Playing Champions League, it is [an] important decision. But the future, no one knows so let’s see what happens.’

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