Joao Felix plays down Manchester City speculation

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Benfica star Joao Felix says he is happy to remain in Portugal, despite speculation linking him with a summer move to Manchester City.

The 19-year-old has enjoyed a superb breakthrough campaign in the Primeira Liga, while he also caught the eye in the Champions League.

He scored 20 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions and his form has attracted the attentions of a number of big clubs across Europe, including City and Barcelona.

Felix’s current contract contains a £105million release clause, but some sections of the media suggest City are willing to spend big as they try to find a long-term successor to Spaniard David Silva.

However, Felix says he has a good bond with club president Luis Filipe Vieira and he is confident he can maintain his level of form after winning the league title.

Felix told the club website: “I’m good here, I’m very happy, I love the club. I adore these fans who adore me.

“I want to enjoy the moment, play ball, have fun doing what I like, and then, over time, things happen naturally. I am very happy in Benfica.

“The relationship is very good, he always makes me feel at ease. We have been talking a lot in recent times, he has cherished me a lot, he likes me very much.

“He says he treats me like a son, and I believe he does. He’s a great person and I really like him too.”

City look set to spend big once again this season as they look to conquer Europe and handle a four-pronged bid for silverware following their quarter-final exit in the Champions league this term.

Liverpool and Tottenham will contest the Champions League final on June 1, with the former 1.95 favourites to win, the draw 3.50, while Spurs are as high as 3.80 to lift the trophy.

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