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Benfica says Joao Felix is not signing for Atletico

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A statement released by the Portuguese club has dismissed the claims made by the Spanish media that the youngster is leaving.

Portuguese club Benfica had to release a statement dismissing the claims that young star Joao Felix is set to sign for Atletico Madrid in the Spanish La Liga.

According to the Spanish press, the 19-year-old will sign for Los Colchoneros over the summer, but now the Portuguese team is denying everything.

“In view of the set of news published in these last hours, Sport Lisboa e Benfica clarifies that it is false that any negotiation process is currently underway regarding a possible transfer of player Joao Felix,” read a statement published on Goal.

“The conditions for its negotiation are public and known, taking into account the termination clause defined in the amount of 120 million euros.”

They explained further: “more serious, and that deserves our most vehement repudiation and denial, is the false news that refers to negotiations that involve commissions of 30% and which, unfortunately, was echoed in Portugal by the newspaper A Bola, with intentions and goals that we do not know at all.”

“We repeat: this information is totally false, absurd and has clear intentions for the reputation and dignity of Benfica.”