As Barcelona brace for a La Liga clash against Atletico Madrid, the spotlight shines on forward, Joao Felix, who is on loan from the Spanish capital.
The anticipation for this showdown has been heightened by Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo’s intriguing remarks regarding Felix’s potential goal-scoring celebration.
Cerezo expressed his desire that the 24-year-old, if he finds the net, refrains from his customary exuberant celebrations against his parent team. “I hope he doesn’t celebrate if he scores a goal,” remarked Cerezo to SPORT.
Cerezo, set to be present at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys alongside Barcelona president Joan Laporta, couldn’t help but shower praise on the Portuguese sensation.
“I always think that football is a spectacle and you have to see the teams with the best players. Of course, Joao Felix is a magnificent player,” he acknowledged, attributing Felix’s absence at Atletico to “various circumstances.”
The Atletico president speculated on the possibility of Felix having a standout performance against his parent club, stating, “I wouldn’t be surprised if Joao had his big afternoon, but if not, then it will be the next one.”
Acknowledging the potential conflict of emotions should Felix score, Cerezo showcased a nuanced understanding. He foresaw a scenario where, in the event of a goal, Felix might express himself by kissing the Barcelona crest.
“Keep in mind that many players kiss the crest. I don’t know what’s on his mind right now, but if he kisses the Barcelona shield, it is because he feels for Barcelona. If not, he wouldn’t kiss it,” explained Cerezo.
In a recent development reported by media outlets, Barcelona are actively exploring the possibility of securing Felix on a permanent transfer. The Catalan club are meticulously considering various options before entering negotiations with Atletico Madrid.
As it stands, Atletico demand ‚¬80 million for the Portuguese star, while Barcelona aim to strike a deal at ‚¬40 million, potentially involving a player exchange. Ahead of this big clash, Joao Felix finds himself in a unique position”torn between loyalty to his current temporary home and the potential allure of a permanent move to Barcelona.
The stage is set for a captivating encounter that could shape Felix’s future and leave an indelible mark on this La Liga season.
(story credit: SABC Sport)