Joao Felix has shed light on his struggles at Chelsea and Atletico Madrid and his subsequent resurgence at Barcelona. The 23-year-old forward, who was strongly linked with a permanent return to Stamford Bridge over the summer, has been in exceptional form since joining Barcelona.
Felix has featured in eight matches for the Spanish giants this season, contributing directly to six goals. His impressive performances have left Chelsea fans wondering what went wrong during his time in west London.
The Portuguese international made 16 Premier League appearances for Chelsea last season, contributing to just four goals. While he displayed flashes of brilliance, he struggled to find his footing in a team that lacked cohesion.
Felix acknowledged that he is now able to maintain a high level of performance at Barcelona. He said, “As you can see, I’m happy where I am, I feel good, confident, and I feel like I’m going through a good moment. The most challenging part is to sustain a high level, something I haven’t achieved in recent seasons. But I work every day, always trying to improve and correct any weaknesses. Yes, I am happy and experiencing a good period.”
As reported by football.london, his six-month loan deal did not include an option or obligation for Chelsea to sign him permanently. While Felix enjoyed his time at Stamford Bridge and was open to staying beyond the end of his loan, Mauricio Pochettino did not intend to retain him, according to Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo. Upon his return to the Metropolitano Stadium, Felix was stripped of his No. 7 jersey, which was given to Antoine Griezmann, and he was subsequently loaned to Barcelona.
Xavi recently made a veiled comment directed at Diego Simeone, and possibly Chelsea as well, suggesting that Felix is now at a club that will help him maximize his talent. According to Goal, the Barcelona manager stated, “Joao Felix? The summary is that he is happy, very happy. He benefits from a position where he can enhance his talent, he looks out for the team, and all his talent comes out. He is supportive and generous, and that is why things are working out for him.”