Joao Felix’s decision to move from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona on loan continues to cause controversy in the Spanish capital.
Felix ended the summer transfer window caught between Atletico and Barcelona after showing his desire to join the latter during the pre-season.
Despite Atletico’s previous stance not to sell Felix to a domestic rival, they finally agreed a loan move to Catalonia after extending his contract in Madrid until 2029.
His move to Barcelona does not include a buyout clause and Atletico are still open-minded about their next move for the Portuguese.
However, his relationship with the club and Los Rojiblancos fans has been damaged by his public push to join Barcelona, and he already has three goals for the Blaugrana.
His Atletico team-mate Saul Niguez admitted the situation ended up being the best possible solution, but claimed Felix could have handled the move differently.
“He is a great player and he was unlucky not to be able to show that in this team.”
“I wish him all the best and that everything goes well at Barça, he started strongly, I think he could have done better things by leaving, he didn’t,” Niguez told Marca.