• Felix is at the wrong club and working under the wrong coach - Van der Vaart
    09:57 | 04/02/2020

    Atletico Madrid’s style of play under Diego Simeone is not suited to the young playmaker, according to a former Real Madrid star.

    Photo by Getty Images

    Atletico Madrid starlet Joao Felix is a talented player but he’s playing for the “wrong club”, according to Rafael van der Vaart.

    Felix became the most expensive Portuguese player in history when he completed a £113 million ($148m) switch from Benfica to Wanda Metropolitano back in July.

    The 20-year-old emerged as one of the brightest prospects in European football at Estadio da Luz last season, scoring 19 goals in 37 appearances across all competitions.

    His performances attracted attention from some of the world’s biggest clubs, including Real MadridManchester UnitedBayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain, but Atletico ended up winning the race for his signature.

    Felix started the 2019-20 brightly enough, and picked up the coveted Golden Boy award in November for the best U21 player in Europe, beating the likes of Jadon Sancho and Kai Havertz in the final voting.

    The ex-Benfica star has been unable to kick on since then, however, with Atletico slipping down to sixth in the La Liga standings after 22 fixtures.

    Simeone’s men were beaten 1-0 by local rivals Real in the Madrid derby at Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, with Felix missing the clash through injury.

    Van der Vaart has criticised Simeone for failing to adjust Atletico’s playing style to accommodate Felix, while suggesting the midfielder shouldn’t have chosen to continue his development at Wanda Metropolitano.

    “Joao Felix is a fine player, but he’s at the wrong club,” the ex-Real star told Ziggo Sport.

    “When they signed the Portuguese striker, I felt that [Diego] Simeone would try and embark on a different brand of playing, but that’s far from the case.

    “I understand that winning is important but when you have a talented forward like him, you need to cater to the style of play somewhat to suit his needs.

    “Atletico Madrid play in a very compact manner with a heavy focus on defending well and attacking on the counter.

    “Felix, I feel, is at the wrong club and working under the wrong coach.”

    It is not yet known when Felix will return to action after sustaining a muscle injury during a 0-0 draw against Leganes on January 26, with Atletico now in real danger of finishing outside of the top four in La Liga.

    Next up for Simeone’s struggling team is a home fixture against Leganes on Saturday, which comes seven days before they take in a trip to the Mestalla to face Valencia.

    Source – Goal.com

Portrait of famous people
  • Coach Le Huynh Duc
    Le Huynh Duc  is former captain of Vietnamese national Football team. He is currently coaching SHB Ðà Nẵng.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson
    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is to retire at the end of the season.
  • Striker Le Cong Vinh
    Striker Le Cong Vinh is playing for SLNA
  • Lionel Messi
    Lionel Messi became the best scorer in a year with 91 goals in 2012.
  • Milo
  • Thai Son Nam Trading Co.,Ltd
  •  CLB Thai Sơn Nam
  • vff
  • LS-VINA Cable & System
  • Dong Luc Sports JSC
  • Vietnam Export Import Bank (Eximbank)