Chelsea condemned after revealing Joao Felix’s signing in the WRONG language
‘Damn it, he’s not even Spanish… why is #HolaFelix trending?’: Chelsea face condemnation on social media after revealing Portugal international Joao Felix in the WRONG language – with Blues quick to delete the wrong tweet
Chelsea’s new signing Joao Felix was not welcomed at his new club as he might have expected after the Blues greeted him in the wrong language on Wednesday.
After finalizing his deal to join Chelsea by the end of the season, the team’s Twitter account welcomed him to Stamford Bridge in Spanish – despite the loanee from Atletico Madrid being a 28-cap Portugal international.
Felix spoke of his delight at joining Graham Potter’s side on Wednesday and wasted no time in training with his new club and fans will be hoping the 23-year-old can end their trend of big flops up front.
Chelsea have signed Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix on a mid-season loan
The 23-year-old is on loan at the West London club for the remainder of the 2022/23 season
Felix officially became a Chelsea player on January 11 after the club agreed to pay a £9million loan fee and pay his full wages of £5.3million for the duration of his stay in west London.
However, announcing his arrival, the Chelsea account tweeted: “#HolaFelix”, where “hola” is the Spanish word for “hello” and not the Portuguese “ola”.
And although the club was quick to release several new snaps of their latest arrival, the usual hashtag was nowhere to be seen.
The welcome message from Felix on the Blues Twitter account was in the wrong language
And fans were quick to spot the mistake, writing, “#HolaFelix guys you might want to double check his nationality.”
Another added: “F*** Sake, he’s not even Spanish… Why is the hashtag #HolaFélix trending?” Just got it.’
And a third said: “Don’t get upset about #HolaFelix. It’s normal for Irish teams not to know the difference.”
Chelsea are set to cover the Portuguese star’s £5.3m wages for the duration of his loan
A fourth Twitter user claimed: “They think Spanish is spoken in Portugal. Considering it’s an English club, that’s not surprising.”
But for one supporter, it was clearly an unforgivable mistake, prompting her to write, “Just fire this media team.”
The Portuguese star has had a volatile spell in the Spanish capital since becoming one of the most expensive players in history after moving from Benfica to the Wanda Metropolitano for £114million.
Despite providing insights into the promise and potential Diego Simeone’s side saw in 2019, Felix has yet to take LaLiga by storm.
His best return in the legendary Atleti red-white stripes is 13 contributions in the 2020/21 league season (seven goals, six assists), which he frequently used in a forward partnership in the Argentine coach’s favored 4-4-2 formation.
And this season was no different as the 23-year-old recorded just four goals and three assists in 14 games in LaLiga, although his performances at the World Cup suggested he still has plenty to offer.
Still, there will be plenty of pressure on his shoulders to deliver for Potter’s side, who sit 10th in the league and have not scored intermittently this season.
They have the fewest goals in the top half of the table and Raheem Sterling leads the scorer list with six goals, followed by Kai Havertz’s five.
He joins a team without goals where no other Premier League side score fewer goals in the first half
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