Joao Felix announced that he will sort out his future once Portugal’s UEFA Nations League campaign has ended.
Felix made his debut for Portugal on Wednesday night as he started up front with Cristiano Ronaldo in their semi-final clash with Switzerland.
Although the 19-year-old attacker couldn’t make much of impact before coach Fernando Santos replaced him with Goncalo Guedes in the 70th-minute.
Nonetheless, Ronaldo’s hat-trick ensured Felix would end his Portugal debut with victory as they qualified for the Nations League final. Awaiting them will be either England or the Netherlands in Porto on Sunday.
Therefore, Felix will be putting any decisions on his future on hold until after this weekend.
“Now I’m focused on the national team,” said Felix, according to Goal.
“After finishing the Nations League, I’m going to resolve my life.”
Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus have all reportedly expressed an interest in signing Felix this summer.
The teenager star had a breakthrough campaign at Benfica last season by providing 15 goals and nine assists to win them a 37th Primeira Liga title.
Felix also made his mark in the Europa League this season, where he became the competition’s youngest hat-trick scorer since Sergio Aguero in 2007.
But Benfica’s chief executive Domingos Soares de Oliveira had warned interested clubs that only offers of €120m will be considered for Felix.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding his star player, however, Benfica’s president has welcomed the speculation. He even branded Felix as one of Portugal’s biggest talents since Ronaldo.
“I am happy that all of Europe is talking about Benfica’s talents,” Luis Felipe Vieira told Tuttosport.
“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.
“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].
“Felix 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.”