Joao Felix, the Portuguese forward at Atletico Madrid, has caused a stir with his recent comments about a potential move to Barcelona. In an interview with a Spanish newspaper, Felix admitted that he “would love to join Barcelona” if he had the opportunity. This has incensed Atletico Madrid supporters, who have gone so far as to deface a plaque dedicated to the player outside their stadium.

Joao Felix causes outrage at Atletico by expressing his desire to join Barcelona, resulting in furious supporters defacing his plaque outside the stadium and the club deeming his comments 'disrespectful'.
Joao Felix causes outrage at Atletico by expressing his desire to join Barcelona, resulting in furious supporters defacing his plaque outside the stadium and the club deeming his comments ‘disrespectful’.
Joao Felix causes outrage at Atletico by expressing his desire to join Barcelona, resulting in furious supporters defacing his plaque outside the stadium and the club deeming his comments 'disrespectful'.
Joao Felix causes outrage at Atletico by expressing his desire to join Barcelona, resulting in furious supporters defacing his plaque outside the stadium and the club deeming his comments ‘disrespectful’.

Felix, who joined Atletico in 2019 in a €126 million deal from Benfica, has been a key player for the club, scoring 19 goals and providing 10 assists in 70 appearances. However, his comments about Barcelona have caused consternation among fans and officials at Atletico, who see it as a betrayal.

Club president Enrique Cerezo was quick to condemn Felix’s comments, calling them “disrespectful” to the club and its supporters. “We have given Joao Felix everything, and we expect loyalty in return,” he said in a statement. “We have no intention of selling him, and we will not be held to ransom by his comments.”

Joao Felix causes outrage at Atletico by expressing his desire to join Barcelona, resulting in furious supporters defacing his plaque outside the stadium and the club deeming his comments 'disrespectful'.
Joao Felix causes outrage at Atletico by expressing his desire to join Barcelona, resulting in furious supporters defacing his plaque outside the stadium and the club deeming his comments ‘disrespectful’.
Joao Felix causes outrage at Atletico by expressing his desire to join Barcelona, resulting in furious supporters defacing his plaque outside the stadium and the club deeming his comments 'disrespectful'.
Joao Felix causes outrage at Atletico by expressing his desire to join Barcelona, resulting in furious supporters defacing his plaque outside the stadium and the club deeming his comments ‘disrespectful’.

Some Atletico fans have taken matters into their own hands, defacing Felix’s plaque outside the Wanda Metropolitano stadium with abusive messages and graffiti. Others have taken to social media to express their anger and disappointment at the player’s comments.

Felix’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has attempted to calm the situation, insisting that his client is happy at Atletico and has no plans to leave the club. “Joao is fully committed to Atletico Madrid and is focused on helping the team achieve its goals,” he said in a statement. “His comments about Barcelona were taken out of context and should not be seen as a desire to leave Atletico.”

Joao Felix causes outrage at Atletico by expressing his desire to join Barcelona, resulting in furious supporters defacing his plaque outside the stadium and the club deeming his comments 'disrespectful'.
Joao Felix causes outrage at Atletico by expressing his desire to join Barcelona, resulting in furious supporters defacing his plaque outside the stadium and the club deeming his comments ‘disrespectful’.
Joao Felix causes outrage at Atletico by expressing his desire to join Barcelona, resulting in furious supporters defacing his plaque outside the stadium and the club deeming his comments 'disrespectful'.
Joao Felix causes outrage at Atletico by expressing his desire to join Barcelona, resulting in furious supporters defacing his plaque outside the stadium and the club deeming his comments ‘disrespectful’.

Despite Mendes’ attempts to defuse the situation, there are concerns that Felix’s comments could destabilize the club ahead of the new season. Atletico Madrid is looking to defend their La Liga title and make a strong showing in the Champions League, and the last thing they need is a distraction caused by one of their star players.

Joao Felix causes outrage at Atletico by expressing his desire to join Barcelona, resulting in furious supporters defacing his plaque outside the stadium and the club deeming his comments 'disrespectful'.
Joao Felix causes outrage at Atletico by expressing his desire to join Barcelona, resulting in furious supporters defacing his plaque outside the stadium and the club deeming his comments ‘disrespectful’.

It remains to be seen how this situation will play out, but it is clear that Felix’s comments have caused a great deal of anger and disappointment among Atletico Madrid supporters. Whether he can regain their trust and loyalty remains to be seen.

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