João Félix is officially a Chelsea player, after signing for the Premier League club on a loan deal until the end of the season. Félix leaves Atletico Madrid for London having extended his contract in Spain until 2027.

Chelsea are reported to have paid a hefty loan fee for Félix in the region of €11m, while the short-term deal does not include a full purchase option. The former Benfica man will wear the no.11 shirt at Stamford Bridge.

“I’m very happy to be here in Chelsea,” Félix told the club’s media. “It’s one of the great teams in the world, and I hope to help the team reach the objectives. So I’m very happy and excited to play here in Stamford Bridge.

“I played against Chelsea two years ago, but there was no fans in the stadium because of COVID. But I like the stadium. It’s [very] closed.

“Chelsea players that I remember? I can say Portuguese players: Deco, Ricardo Carvalho, Paulo Ferreira, Meireles. But there are other ones I also like: Hazard, Frank Lampard, Drogba.

“I don’t know a lot of London, but it’s a big city, a wonderful city. But now I’m focused on helping the team. I met Reece James one time when I was in London, in a restaurant. An amazing guy.

“I’ll bring my football, my happiness to the game and give a lot of fun to the fans. I don’t like to speak about myself, but I will say that I’m a player that likes to have the ball and play with happiness. I want to make all the fans enjoy my football, and help the team.”

Félix has endured a turbulent season in the Spanish capital, in keeping with a mixed career with Los Rojiblancos since his club-record €126 move from Benfica. Named the club’s Player of the Year last season, the 23-year-old has yet to fully win over manager Diego Simeone, who sanctioned his departure last month.

Portuguese Blues quiz:

So, Chelsea has been a regular destination for Portuguese since the turn of the century. Félix is set to be the 12th Luso player to represent the club in a senior match. How many of the previous 11 can you name?

By Sean Gillen

@SeanGillen9

 

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I watch the EPL religiously so I’m excited to see another Portuguese player here. With that being said, Chelsea are playing pretty damn bad right now mainly because of injuries and they’re desperate for anyone. Joao Felix isn’t the type of guy...

I watch the EPL religiously so I’m excited to see another Portuguese player here. With that being said, Chelsea are playing pretty damn bad right now mainly because of injuries and they’re desperate for anyone. Joao Felix isn’t the type of guy who will rescue them, he’s obviously a great talent but this league will frustrate him. I’m not saying he isn’t capable, I’m saying that with his skill set/physicality and this particular team at the moment…I don’t see how he “saves the day” here. In a perfect world he goes to city/arsenal/Liverpool/United with offensive minded coaches but this move seems very odd. At the end of the day though because Chelsea are so depleted because of injuries and the price they paid for him, he will get a lot of game time and it will only benefit him in the long run to learn how to play faster and get tougher. I’m sure Roberto Martinez is happy too because he’s an avid supporter of the EPL.

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Justin/rochester
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I agree Chelsea is an odd choice.

I saw a stat that Chelsea had scored 20 League Goals TOTAL and Haaland had 21.

That is why they probably pulled the trigger, someone who could possibly score goals...but his career high is 10.

I think, if...

I agree Chelsea is an odd choice.

I saw a stat that Chelsea had scored 20 League Goals TOTAL and Haaland had 21.

That is why they probably pulled the trigger, someone who could possibly score goals...but his career high is 10.

I think, if anything, what this does is allow Felix to set up the guys who really need to be putting it in the back of the net to finally do so...because those guys are terrible and are struggling.

Either way, solid that he moved to the EPL...best league in the world will only help him and if he struggles, in 6 months, he can move onto another team or League.

He would not have started at Arsenal or ManU considering the depth they have at his positions.

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Martim/Lisboa
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Felix is a hyped up player who is a nice player but not a great player. Not a player who can win a game by himself, can't win many 1:1 matches, and not very physical. All the conditions have to be right around him to get the best out of him. ...

Felix is a hyped up player who is a nice player but not a great player. Not a player who can win a game by himself, can't win many 1:1 matches, and not very physical. All the conditions have to be right around him to get the best out of him. He is what I call a dependency player, not an enabler. Hope I'm wrong, time will tell if he is a breakout player in the EPL.

I'll be rooting for his success to the benefit of his career and the Portugal NT but his track record doesn't bode well.

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Tony
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Nobody answered the quiz

All I know is Ricardo Carvalho

Downside, Chelsea are not looking good and people are going to expect a team change from his presence (pressure)

Upside, he will get lots of playing time and be up against some serious...

Nobody answered the quiz

All I know is Ricardo Carvalho

Downside, Chelsea are not looking good and people are going to expect a team change from his presence (pressure)

Upside, he will get lots of playing time and be up against some serious competition (development)

All in all, after watching some of his highlight reels, this kid is hot and I hope the best for him and the Selecao

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Jerrold Hewson
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Oh my, that was a reckless challenge... what on earth was Felix thinking there?

Nelson
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I don't want to sound like a broken record based on previous posts on Felix in this forum. This guy when you think he may be getting an opportunity to get his career on track does something to derail it.

There is always something with this guy,...

I don't want to sound like a broken record based on previous posts on Felix in this forum. This guy when you think he may be getting an opportunity to get his career on track does something to derail it.

There is always something with this guy, now he gets a red card in his debut game. Now will be suspended, another disruption to his career development. No more excuses for this guy, he is lucky he is a wonder boy, an average player with his record would be in the lower divisions.

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Tony
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For the quiz: I know 9 for sure:

1) Ricardo Carvalho 2) Paulo Ferreira 3) Tiago 4) Maniche 5) Hilario 6) Bosingwa 7) Deco Ricardo Quaresma 9) Raul Meireles

for the other two I will guess:
Filipe Oliveira and Nuno Morias

David McNeil, UK
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