Benfica and Portugal starlet Joao Felix suggests Juventus are his favoured destination as one of his ‘dreams’ are to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.
Felix is considered one of the brightest prospects in Portuguese football, breaking through for Benfica this season, and the 19-year-old confessed he was ‘attracted’ to Serie A and the prospect of becoming Ronaldo’s teammate.
“I’m not scared by the numbers being bandied about, the illustrious comparisons proposed by the media or interest from the biggest clubs on the planet,” the attacking midfielder - who is also a client of Jorge Mendes - told Tuttosport.
“If anything, I’m flattered. That’s today’s football for you and players need to take note of it. I’m a professional and I’m so lucky to be advised as well as I have.
“I have a dad, Carlos Sequeira, who was a player, is a PE teacher and worked as an fitness coach, so he knows very well how things are in our world.
“He was my first and most important teacher. On top of that, I have an agent who is a phenomenon, the best in the world, Jorge Mendes.
“My future? It’ll be a decision we make mutually. I personally have the utmost respect for everyone and I’m attracted by the big Leagues, like the Spanish, English, Italian and French ones.
“All the best Portuguese players have gone to play in the most important foreign Leagues, and of course I’d like to do that too.
“I have two big dreams: I’d like to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo because he’s simply the best. He’s an idol, a world icon, an example for everyone.
“The mere fact of being next to him, being able to train with a ‘monster’ like him, would allow me to grow further.
“He best resembles self-sacrifice, iron will and humility. He wants to always improve. I’m totally inspired by him.
“I also dream of a golden 2019. I’d like to win the Golden Boy award, it’s a fantastic prize. Last year I remained in contention until the last 40 candidates. This time I want to win.”
Felix has been likened in playing style to former Fiorentina and Milan star Rui Costa, who similarly began his career in Portugal with Benfica.