Atletico Madrid have reportedly stripped Joao Felix of his No.7 jersey after returning to the club following his ill-fated short spell as a loanee at Chelsea in the 2022/2023 season.
After allegedly falling out with manager Diego Simeone, Felix arrived at Stamford Bridge in January in an effort to revive his career that appeared to have stalled following a trying recent stint with Atletico.
Felix only managed to score four goals in 16 Premier League games for Chelsea and failed to make a good impression during his brief time with the Blues.
The 23-year-old Portugal forward’s situation at Atletico Madrid has now gotten worse after losing the No. 7 jersey to France forward, Antoine Griezmann.
According to Sport Bible, Griezmann has now been assigned Felix’s number 7. Before leaving Atletico Madrid for Barcelona in 2019, the 32-year-old wore the number during his initial stint with the club.
Atletico Madrid have now opted to give Griezmann the renowned No. 7 shirt after his loan contract was made permanent in October 2022.
Felix made it known that he wanted to remain at Chelsea during the business end of the 2022/2023 campaign.
Enrique Cerezo, the president of Atletico, stated in May that Chelsea would not be making Felix’s loan agreement permanent.
He told Spanish media: “Yesterday we had the news that the new Chelsea manager [Pochettino] does not [want] João Félix.
“We’ve known for less than 24 hours. He’ll come back here and we’ll see. We don’t have anything planned.”
Despite spending £114 million to bring Felix to Atletico Madrid in 2019, the La Liga side is trying to sell him during the summer transfer window, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.