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Joao Felix hits out at reports of rift with Simeone

Tue 16 March 2021 | 21:43

Atletico Madrid striker Joao Felix has denied reports claiming there are problems between him and his manager.

The Portugal international has slammed reports that he and manager

Diego Simeone

do not have a good relationship.

Atletico Madrid


Joao Felix

celebrated his goal in Atletico’s 2-0 victory over


last month by putting his finger to his lips and shouting in Simeone’s direction.

The gesture was interpreted to be aimed at Simeone. However, the player himself says the incident was simply part of a joke with team-mate

Renan Lodi

, which was blown out of proportion.

Asked about the celebration at a press conference on Tuesday,



: "I already said on Instagram that it was a joke with Lodi.

"He was winding me up before the game, telling me I didn't score against anyone and when I got the goal I did the gesture for him.

"The press like to talk about things they don't know."

Ahead of his team's Champions League last-16 second leg against Chelsea, Felix said he is happy at Atletico and has a good relationship with Simeone.

"My relationship with the manager is very good,"

the Portugal star added.

"He always tries to help me and we're here to help each other.

"I am happy here. My family is fine, I am fine, I am fine with the club and like with all players there are moments that are not so good. They can be overcome."

source: SportMob