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Mauricio Pochettino Makes Brutal Joao Felix Decision As Chelsea Reign Begins
- Chelsea's new Head Coach, Mauricio Pochettino, does not intend to use Joao Felix next season
- Felix's loan deal from Atletico Madrid expired and it was thought that Chelsea would make the move permanent
- A few other players are expected to follow the Portuguese winger out of the club this summer
Mauricio Pochettino has decided against making Joao Felix a permanent signing as he settles into his new role as Chelsea's Head Coach.
Pochettino is set to begin officially on July 1, but he will be involved in the decision-making, especially with the sale and purchase of players at the club.
The Argentine was handed a two-year contract on May 19, in what marks his return to English football after he was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur in 2020.
Felix was among the touchy subjects at the club after the completion of his six-month loan deal from Atletico Madrid.
Chelsea won't sign Felix
Atletico's President, Enrique Cerezo, has confirmed that they have received word from Chelsea that they intend to send the Portugal forward back to the Spanish capital.
"We have been informed that Poch does not count on João Félix for Chelsea. He will return here. We’ll see. We’ve nothing planned," as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.
Chelsea signed the 23-year-old on loan without the buy clause option in January. He made 20 appearances for the Blues in all competitions scoring four times in the Premier League, as reported by Football London. His last strike was the sweet solo run against Manchester United on May 25.
A few other players are expected to be moved on this summer as Pochettino looks to streamline his squad. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hakim Ziyech and Ruben Loftus-Cheek lead the names of the stars to be sold. Mason Mount is also yet to agree to a new deal opening up the possibility of leaving Chelsea.
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Pochettino approves first signing
At the same time, Sports Brief has reported that Pochettino has reportedly identified his first summer signing at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have held talks over signing the Uruguayan ace, who is thought to have a €60m release clause.