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Bernardo Silva leaps to Joao Felix’s defence, glad he’s moved to Barcelona

The forward wasn’t the right fit for Atletico

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Bernardo Silva has leapt to the defence of Portugal team-mate Joao Felix and says he’s more suited to Barcelona than Atletico.

Felix signed for Atletico in a club-record deal but failed to shine with Diego Simeone’s side and was shipped out on loan to Chelsea and then Barcelona.

Bernardo says that Felix simply isn’t suited to Atletico’s style of play but thinks he’s a lot happier now with Xavi’s side.

“I arrived at a club like Manchester City to which my qualities adapted, but Joao Félix did not. And it is not a criticism of Atlético. He went to the wrong place. I, perhaps, would not have succeeded at Atlético either. I would have tried to adapt and followed the coach’s idea. But it would not have been ideal for me.

“Now I am happy because I see him happy in Barcelona and in an environment more in line with his game. He is much stronger than a few years ago.”

Source | A Bola

Felix is believed to be keen to make his loan move to Barcelona permanent, but it remains to be seen if it will happen. Atletico will demand a huge fee for the forward which may price Barca out of a move.

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