Joao Felix’s Stay With Chelsea to Depend on Club’s Ability to Get UCL Spot

Joao Felix of Portugal in 2019
Joao Felix of Portugal in 2019. Photo by Kieran McManus/BPI/Shutterstock (10281533e)

After a rough start to his six-month loan stint with Chelsea, Portuguese star forward Joao Felix is finding his groove. He established himself as a mainstay in Graham Potter’s starting 11 and recently scored his debut goal for the Premier League side. The improvements made Felix consider a longer stay at Stamford Bridge, but under the condition that the club qualifies for the UEFA Champions League.

Felix recently had a chat with British media and was asked if he would like to stay in London after his loan expires. The 23-year-old player responded that he is currently focused on the 2022-23 season but admitted that he feels great with Chelsea.

“I am happy here,” Felix added. “The club is so big is amazing, everyone behind the club is so good, so yes I am happy to be here.”

Felix later hinted that Chelsea’s ability to get a UCL spot would play a big role in his decision whether to stay in the club on a permanent basis.

“Playing the Champions League is always different. It is the competition that everyone wants to play,” he added. “… Playing Champions League, it is [an] important decision. But the future, no one knows, so let’s see what happens.”

A recent poor run of results pushed Chelsea down the Premier League table and away from the UCL spots. They are currently 10th in the standings and find themselves 11 points behind Tottenham, who holds the fourth and final UCL position.