All eyes on Manchester City and Manchester United target Joao Felix as he looks set to feature for Portugal in Nations League clash with Switzerland
- Europe’s top clubs will be watching Benfica’s £100m-rated Joao Felix in Porto
- Felix is part of the Portugal squad that faces Switzerland in the Nations League
- Real Madrid, Juventus and the two Manchester giants are all interested in Felix
- The 19-year-old forward has a £106m release clause in his contract with Benfica
Cristiano Ronaldo may not have the big stage to himself, for once, as Portugal kick off the Nations League finals in Porto on Wednesday with Europe’s top clubs watching Benfica’s £100m rated teenager Joao Felix.
He scored 18 goals in 33 games for the Portuguese champions, including three against Eintracht Frankfurt that made him the first teenager to score a Champions League hat-trick since Sergio Aguero, and caught the attention of Europe’s big guns.
Europe’s top clubs will be watching Benfica’s £100million-rated Joao Felix on Wednesday
Felix is set to make his full debut for Portugal as they take on Switzerland, with the winners set to face either England or Holland in Sunday’s final.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos, who led his side to become European Champions in France three years ago, says the youngster is ready to take his chance.
‘He’s been called up for a reason. We need players who can contribute and he has great qualities. He has been showing it at club level and he’s here on merit. If he’s here it’s because he’s ready to play and contribute.’
The 19-year-old is part of the Portugal team that will play Switzerland in the Nations League
Bernardo Silva will also play, hoping to add another trophy after a record-breaking season with Manchester City, who won the domestic treble. ‘You always want to win titles,’ he said.
‘Fernando Santos has already led this team to glory and we have a really tough game in front of us now but we are here and we are in it to win it.’
Portugal should beat outsiders Switzerland, and if England beat Holland, Bernardo will be up against City team-mates Raheem Sterling, John Stones, Kyle Walker and Fabian Delph.
Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka wants to put Arsenal’s Europa League final defeat behind him
‘If we get to the final it would be special to play against my team-mates who I have shared so many beautiful moments with, but I’m not looking further than the semi-final, which is a very tough game and an important one for us.’
Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka wants to put Arsenal’s Europa League final defeat behind him and said: ‘My focus has been completely on Switzerland. What happened in the final is in the past. I’m looking forward and hoping to win a title here with…