- Joao Felix is set to debut for Atletico Madrid in La Liga after £114m switch from Benfica
- Jose Mourinho insists the 19-year-old will need to step up his performance
- Atletico Madrid kick-off their La Liga campaign at home against Getafe on Sunday
Joao Felix, Portugal star, has been handed words of advice by compatriot Jose Mourinho as he prepares to kick-off his first season in La Liga after a massive £114m summer switch from Benfica to Atletico Madrid.
According to Daily Mail report, the 19-year-old is in contention for the top striker spot for Atletico Madrid in their La Liga opener at home against Getafe on Sunday, August 18, after sealing a move to the the club as a replacement for Antoine Griezmann.
Mourinho insists his countryman must step up his game right from the commencement of hostilities in the Spanish topflight.
“He has a challenge due to the extent of his talent and because of the investment the club have made on him,” Mourinho was quoted as saying on Portuguese Football Association's television channel.
“I believe that he can't escape this responsibility. It doesn't matter if he's 18, 20 or 25.
“What matters is his talent and the responsibility he has.”
Felix attracted many suitors among Europe's top clubs after netting 20 times in 43 matches for Benfica last campaign.
“Atletico Madrid's level of investment leaves them with responsibility to fight for the Champions League and La Liga.
“It's clear that Barcelona and Real Madrid have to be there because of their power, financial capability, culture and quality.
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“Atletico in recent years have been without this responsibility, but the level of investment they've made is incredible.
“It's time to say, "We're here, we're big, we want to be big and we are here to win,” Mourinho summed up.
Legit.ng reported that Joao Felix netted a brace as Atletic Madrid vs Juventus match ended 2-1 in favour of the La Liga side in the International Champions Cup .
It was a repeat of last season's Champions League quarter finals where the Serie A giants beat the Spanish side 3-2 over two legs.
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