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Transfer talks: Ronaldo denies deal with Al-Nassr & Atletico Madrid CEO confirms Joao Felix wants to leave

Let’s see some of the transfer talks around the football world.


Cristiano Ronaldo denies deal with Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr

Cristiano Ronaldo is not heading to Saudi Arabia in January – at least not yet.

After Portugal’s World Cup campaign concludes, the former Manchester United attacker will be forced to decide what to do with his future after his contract with United was terminated.

According to a report from Marca on Monday, Ronaldo and the Saudi Arabian team Al-Nassr have reached an agreement on conditions, making him the highest-paid athlete in the world.

However, Ronaldo said he had not when asked if he had made any agreements on his trip to Saudi Arabia following Portugal’s Round of 16 victories over Switzerland.

According to Mais Futebol, Ronaldo curtly retorted, “No, it is not true.”

Fernando Santos gave Ronaldo the final 20 minutes of Portugal’s game after he started the game on the bench. His fading abilities limit his choices on the transfer market.

His outburst against his team in November will likely deter many elite teams. Beyond that, ten Hag’s decision to bench him indicates that, undoubtedly, some top-level teams do not view him as part of an ideal front line.


Atletico Madrid CEO confirms that Joao Felix wants to leave

Joao Felix’s connection with coach Diego Simeone could cause the player to quit Atletico Madrid, according to chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin.

At 23 years old, Joao Felix made a club-record €126 million move from Benfica to Atletico in July 2019. However, Portugal forward, presently in Qatar for the World Cup, has found it difficult to justify that investment regularly.

“[Joao Felix] is the biggest bet this club has taken in its history,” Atletico CEO Gil Marin told TVE on Tuesday. “I think he’s a top talent, a world-class player.”

“For reasons it isn’t worth getting into — the relationship between him and the boss [Simeone], the minutes played, his motivation right now — it makes you think that the reasonable thing is that if there’s an option that’s good for the player, good for the club, we can look at it.”

“I’d love him to stay personally, but I don’t think that’s the player’s idea.”

Joao Felix referred to his problems with Simeone after assisting Portugal’s victory over Switzerland in the World Cup round of 16 on Tuesday.

He said that he felt better when representing Portugal. Compared to Atletico Madrid, “the way we play here is very different, and the delight is different.”

When questioned in October about why he hadn’t been able to bring the most out of the player, Simeone responded. “I’m not giving him what he needs to demonstrate his talent and the football he has, which is the cause of all his frustration.”

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