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Joao Felix more suited to Barcelona than Atletico Madrid, says Joao Mario

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The Atletico Madrid striker is more suited to their play

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Joao Felix would be better suited to playing for Barcelona than Atletico Madrid, according to fellow Portugal international Joao Mario.

Felix became the fourth more expensive player of all time in July when he arrived at the Wanda Metropolitano in July for €126m from Benfica.

Yet the 20-year-old has not yet managed to live up to his lofty price tag and had managed just four La Liga goals in 2019-20 before the campaign was suspended.

Fellow Portugal international Joao Mario has now explained why he thinks Felix is more suited to the Catalan giants.

“Atletico are one of those teams that, from the outside, are very hard working, as if they were an Italian team playing in Spain,” he said.

”Eighty per cent of Benfica’s play was attacking. Therefore, along with the pressure of the price tag, it’s not easy to settle in at Atletico.

”Compare that to, for example, a team like Barcelona where, although the pressure could be greater, their style of play is more suited to him.

”I think Barcelona would be where he fit best, I really like the style of play.”

Source | Eleven Sports

Atletico will be hoping they can get the best out of the youngster when football does return. Felix signed a seven-year deal when he joined Atletico which runs until June 2026.