Chelsea to cough up £3million for Joao Felix while Atletico Madrid loanee is suspended as debut red card against Fulham sums up miserable spell for Blues

    Joao Felix’s red card on his Chelsea debut was one of the most expensive in football history.

    The Atletico Madrid loanee, who arrived at Chelsea on Wednesday, was sent off on his debut in a 2-1 defeat at Fulham on Thursday night.

    Felix’s debut ended in disaster

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    Felix’s debut ended in disaster

    After an impressive 58 minutes, the 23-year-old was given his marching orders for a high tackle on Kenny Tete.

    It means Felix is now suspended for the Blues’ next three Premier League matches.

    The Portugal star will miss the upcoming games against Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Fulham.

    Felix will not return to action until the trip to West Ham on February 11.

    Chelsea agreed to cover 100 per cent of his £250,000-a-week wages during the five-month loan spell.

    The club will, therefore, pay Felix around £1million in wages between now and his next appearance.

    The referee was left with no choice after Felix’s reckless challenge

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    The referee was left with no choice after Felix’s reckless challenge

    The Blues also forked out a £10m loan fee to secure the services of Felix until the end of the season.

    That works out to £2m-per-month, meaning Chelsea will cough up a grand total of £3m for Felix while he is not playing.

    It continues a miserable spell of bad luck for manager Graham Potter, who rushed Felix into the starting XI due to a huge injury crisis.

    The under-pressure Chelsea boss watched midfielder Denis Zakaria become the latest addition to his long injury list moments before Felix was shown a straight red.

    The defeat at Fulham means Potter’s men have now lost seven of their last ten matches in all competitions and remain tenth in the Premier League table.

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