Joao Felix: “Atletico are one of the best teams in the world.”

Joao Felix has spoken for the first time since completing his €126m transfer to Atleti.

Atletico Madrid secured the services of Joao Felix from Benfica for €126million, and the teenage forward insists he has what it takes to shine like the club's Portuguese greats.

The 19-year-old followed the footsteps of former Portugal players - such as Paulo Futre, Simao and Tiago - when he decided to join Rojiblancos from Benfica, and he has revealed he is eager to bring success to the Wanda Metropolitano. 

In an interview with the club's official website, he also gave his thoughts on how important Diego Simeone is to Atleti.

"Simeone is a coach that transfers aggressiveness and motivation into the team, which he also did as a player," said Joao Felix, who scored 20 goals in all competitions last season. "That helps us a lot. He proves his talent and helps us on the pitch.

"Several Portuguese players have played here; big players that were important for Portuguese football. I want to do as well or even better than them.

"I hope to do as well as possible, think positively, work hard in order to complete a great season and be a star at Atletico Madrid.

"Age influences some things but I'm mature enough to face this situation. I know what it means to be at an important club, and everybody says that even though I'm 19 it doesn't look like it."

Joao Felix, who will wear the number seven jersey that formerly belonged to want awaystar Antoine Griezmann added: "I'm very happy," he said. "Everybody wants to play in the world's best teams and Atletico are one of them. Several clubs were interested but I chose Atletico.

"They are the one that I liked the most and the one which had the best conditions for me to go. Atletico are one of the best teams in the world.

"Every player wants to play for the world's top clubs. The opportunity came up and I'm here to give my all. They are a team that I've followed a lot in the Spanish league.

"I even saw them win the league and the Europa League. I also watched the two finals that they didn't win. I've always followed the Spanish league, including Atleti."

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