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Joao Felix drops potential Spurs and Premier League hint following Atletico move

By CJ Smith

Published: 18:24, 26 July 2019

Atletico Madrid new boy Joao Felix has admitted he would like to play in the Premier League one day, possibly for Spurs.

The Portuguese starlet recently joined last season’s La Liga runners-up in a £112m move, replacing Antoine Griezmann as Diego Simeone overhauls his playing squad.

However, before his switch to the Spanish capital was confirmed, Felix – who has been tipped to succeed Cristiano Ronaldo as the star of the Portuguese national team – had been linked to a number of European giants, including a number from the Premier League.

And when asked by the Bleacher Report which of the other European Leagues he would like to play in during his career, he simply replied: “Premier League”.

The 19-year-old was then asked whether he would one day consider playing for Spurs.

“Me, to Spurs?” he answered. “[Right] now that’s impossible, but I don’t know, [maybe] one day.”

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Only Kylian Mbappe and Neymar’s transfers to PSG have been more expensive than Felix’s in the history of football and for someone at such a young age, that’s bound to bring its own set of pressures.

However, the former Benfica man has described the move to Atletico as “a dream come true” and is remaining focused on the footballing aspect, rather than the financial one.

“I don’t really care about [my price-tag] or the money, I just want to be playing and I just want to get my job done. That’s the most important thing.

“It’s a dream come true to be playing with Atletico, one of the best teams in Europe and the world. I’m very happy.

“I don’t have any problems with pressure, it’s my job. I have to know how to handle that.”

Joao Felix’s career so far: Five key things to know…

  • Made his first-team debut for Benfica on 18 August 2018.
  • A week later, he netted for the first time and became the youngest goalscorer in the Lisbon derby.
  • Went on to score 15 Primeira Liga goals as Benfica won the title.
  • Made a £112m move to Atletico Madrid this summer, taking the No. 7 shirt.
  • Made his senior Portugal debut at the Uefa Nations League vs Switzerland.