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Felix told he would have been better off at Real Madrid

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Atletico Madrid’s playing style is not quite suitable for Joao Felix and he would rather be a better fit at Real Madrid, claims Carlos Carvalhal.

Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix has had a hard time living up to the expectations so far in his debut season at the club.

Felix has contributed to just six goals in 28 games. A few ankle and hamstring injuries have kept him in and out of the team which has prevented him from settling well in his new surroundings.

Rotating the money they received from selling star man Antoine Griezmann to FC Barcelona, Atletico landed the 20-year-old after activating his €126 million buyout clause last year.

The Portuguese became a sensation following his breakthrough season with Benfica, and Carlos Carvalhal feels a move to Real Madrid at the time would have been far more beneficial for his development.

“He is a player with incredible technical ability, with a great level. But I’m not sure Atletico’s way of playing is the best for him,” the Primeira Liga side Rio Ave’s head coach said on Cadena SER.

“Diego Simeone is a great coach, his teams are very strong, very competitive. But Joao Felix does not seem to be the perfect player to be there.

“If he had gone to a team like Real Madrid, he would be at a higher level. The context would be more favorable for him.”

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