Joao Felix’s tenure at Atletico de Madrid has gotten off to a terrific start, as the Portuguese wonderkid has already scored a couple of goals to go along with 1 assist in 7 caps for Los Colchoneros.
Atletico de Madrid spent a lot of money to sign Felix from Benfica to be Antoine Griezmann’s replacement, and so far, the investment has definitely paid off for Cholo Simeone’s team.
Still, Renato Paiva one of his former coaches revealed that he was also close to joining Manchester City and Barcelona and that he told him both destinations would’ve been better for him, but he snubbed his advice and decided to pack his bags and travel to the Spanish capital instead:
“Yes. I said Manchester City or Barcelona. I said City because of Pep Guardiola, or Barcelona because of the way they play. I think the characteristics of Joao are better in that kind of game. I respect… for God’s sake, I respect Atletico Madrid a lot. But the idea of City I think was better for Joao, especially with Pep,” Paiva told The Sportsman.
The coach had a lot of praise for Joao Felix, and claimed he always knew he’d become a superstar because he’s ‘a complete player’, even though Porto released him when he was just a teenager:
“He did amazing things you never ever see.Every training session he did things that you didn’t expect, an unpredictable player, with lots of great attributes, both the technical and tactical. Even physically he’s very smart, the way he avoids contact. Joao is a complete player,” he concluded.
Paiva worked with Felix during his days at Benfica’s academy, closely following his steps since he was 10 years old, so the fact that Felix decided to ignore him should tell you a lot about his confidence in Simeone’s project.