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Rui Costa: Many expected Joao Felix to turn every ball he touched into gold, but he needs time

Mamen Castilla
Mamen Castilla
26 agosto, 2020

Atletico Madrid bet a lot when they invested over 100 million euros in signing Joao Felix from Benfica in the summer of 2019, yet he hasn’t had the impact many at the club expected.

This has led to Rui Costa imploring Los Colchoneros to give the prodigious talent time.

«For the money that was paid for his transfer, a lot was expected of him and many thought he would arrive and be the best player in Spain immediately,» Costa, the Benfica sporting director, explained in an interview with Goal.

«People thought he would turn every ball he touched into gold.

«But he is very young, he needs time to adapt.»

Diego Simeone saw just what Felix could do in the Champions League defeat to RB Leipzig, though, and he has to nurture that talent and give him the conditions to succeed within his system, something which Costa believes will happen.

«I have no doubts about what Joao did in Portugal, he made everyone passionate about his way of playing football,» he added.

«He will do the same in Spain and I’m not just saying this because he was our player at Benfica and we worked together.

«I’m saying it because of his enormous qualities.

«He has all the talent required to be a star of world football, I’ve no doubt that he will become one.»

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