The president of Benfica believes that his club has the most exciting talents in Europe.
Luis Felipe Vieira believes Benfica’s Joao Felix is the best talent produced in Portugal since Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I am happy that all of Europe is talking about Benfica’s talents. Now it is clear that our project of betting on young players is bearing the desired results.
“Joao Felix the next Ronaldo? There is only one sure thing: Felix is one of the best talents produced by Portuguese footballer since Ronaldo,” he said via Calcio Mercato.
🎩✨João Félix, the k̶a̶r̶a̶t̶e̶ wonder kid! pic.twitter.com/tKZiNazjrs
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The 19-year old is playing his first season in the senior squad. He has scored 10 goals and provided 5 assists so far, establishing himself as one of the hottest prospects in Europe.
With his excellent performances in the Primera Liga, Joao Felix has attracted the interest of the biggest European clubs and is linked with a move to Real Madrid or Juventus.
However, Vieira confirmed that Benfica will extend Joao’s contract and will probably increase his release clause. He said that the club has no intention of selling the youngster in the following transfer period.
“Juventus’ and Real Madrid’s interest in him? Ask them. At this moment we are not interested in selling him and soon we will increase the release clause in his contract [currently 120 million euros].
“Joao has an incredible technique, he is fast and also very intelligent. He is a good person, he shows that he has important values that make me very proud.”
The president talked about Ruben Dias as well. He is a 21-year old, extremely talented central defender who is also linked with a move to Juventus.
“Ruben Dias? It is neither the time nor the right occasion to talk about these things. We will see in the future. Ruben is 21 and he is one of the best in the world in his role.
“He will have a brilliant career and I would like him to become our captain in the coming years. Pjaca in the deal? Regarding him, I can only say sorry that he got injured again,” Vieira concluded.
Benfica are levelled with Porto on the top of the table in Primera Liga at the moment, with eight games to be played until the end of the season.