Benfica starlet reveals his dreams amidst intense interest from a number of European clubs
- Joao Felix, the 19-year-old Portuguese attacking midfielder is viewed as an heir to the likes of Rui Costa
- A number of European clubs are allegedly following the 19-year-old's progress
- He himself admits being a big fan of Juventus
Joao Felix, the 19-year-old attacking midfielder from Benfica has grabbed the attention of a number of European clubs with Barcelona, Manchester United, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund following his progress.
The player himself, however, appears to be a big fan of Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo, in particular, and openly states that in an interview with Tuttosport:
"I'm not scared by the numbers that revolve around me, nor by the illustrious comparisons offered by the media, nor the interest of the biggest clubs on the planet. If anything, I'm flattered. I am a professional and I am very fortunate to be doubly well advised," said Felix.
"My father was a PE teacher, who worked as an athletic trainer and knows very well how things go in our world. He was my first and most important teacher and then I have an agent, who is a phenomenon, the best in the world, Jorge Mendes.
"My future? It will be a decision that we will make with a mutual agreement. I am not sure. Personally, I give the utmost respect to everyone and I am attracted by the big leagues like the Spanish, English, Italian and French one. All the best Portuguese players went to play to the most important foreign leagues and, of course, I would like to do it, too.
"My dreams? I have two great dreams. I would like to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo because he is simply the greatest. An idol, a world icon, an example for everyone. Playing with a 'monster' like him would allow me to grow even more.
Bayern Munich are interested in Benfica winger Joao Felix, whose new contract has a release fee of €120M+ (£105M+). The 19-year-old is also being scouted by Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Man United, Atletico Madrid & Lyon. [@SportBild] #LFC pic.twitter.com/6REXgnyqox— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) January 30, 2019
"The second dream in this 2019, which I hope will be "golden" for me, is to win the Golden Boy, a fantastic prize, the Ballon d'Or for young players. Last year, I remained in contention until the final 40 candidates. This time I want to win it," Felix concluded.
The 19-year-old striker scored 6 while providing 2 assists in 15 outings for Benfica thus far into the season.