Mauricio Pochettino does not want Joao Felix at Chelsea next season, according to Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo.

Felix signed for Chelsea on a six-month loan deal over the January transfer window and there was talk of either making his contract permanent or another temporary move for the Portugal international. understands Felix has loved his time in London and was keen on staying put beyond the expiry of his contract. However, Pochettino, who was confirmed as the new Chelsea head coach on Monday, apparently sees things differently.

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"We've been informed that Pochettino does not count with Joao Felix for Chelsea," Cerezo said. "He will return here, we'll see. We have nothing planned."

The 23-year-old made 20 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions after signing on loan in January. Felix managed to score four times for the Blues – with all of them coming in the Premier League.

Felix's Chelsea career got off to a superb start, with his first-half performance away at Fulham really exciting Blues supporters. The Portugal attacker, however, then got sent off in the second period for a reckless challenge and was subsequently banned for the next three games.

He also recently confessed his love for the club and his teammates in an interview. Felix said: "I don't know yet my future but these four or five months, I've loved it. It's a top club, everyone in the club is very good to me, my teammates are unbelievable and I really like to be here."


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