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Jose Mourinho: Atletico Madrid's Joao Felix 'Can't Escape' £113M Price Tag

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistAugust 12, 2019

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - AUGUST 10:   Joao Felix of Atletico Madrid celebrates scoring a goal to make the score 2-1 during the International Champions Cup match between Atletico Madrid and Juventus on August 10, 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/International Champions Cup/Getty Images)
Charlie Crowhurst/International Champions Cup/Getty Images

Joao Felix will immediately be under pressure to produce for Atletico Madrid in the new season because of his huge price tag, according to Jose Mourinho.

The 19-year-old signed for the Madrid outfit from Benfica back in July for €126 million (£113 million):

B/R Football @brfootball

One of the most expensive signings ever. 19 years old. https://t.co/k3Jmw6NyyB

The 2018-19 campaign was his first in senior football, and he played a key role in Benfica winning the Primeira Liga, netting 15 goals and providing seven assists.

Making the step up to La Liga will be challenging for the Portuguese teenager, but his compatriot Mourinho has said he has a responsibility to perform, per the Portuguese Football Association's television channel (h/t Marca):

"He has a challenge due to the extent of his talent and because of the investment the club have made on him. 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 has impressed hugely in pre-season with Atleti, starring in friendlies against Real Madrid, MLS All-Stars and Juventus:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Joao Felix is worth the hype 💪 @brfootball https://t.co/Y648XnZMi4

Gianni Verschueren @ReverschPass

Joao Felix is the real deal

However, pre-season games can often be misleading.

Diego Simeone's side start their 2019-20 La Liga campaign with a clash against Getafe on Sunday, and the home fans at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium will be eager to see Felix make an impact.

He faces the responsibility of filling the boots of Antoine Griezmann, who joined Barcelona earlier this summer after five successive seasons as Atleti's top scorer:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Antoine Griezmann scored 20+ goals across all competitions in every season he has spent at Atlético Madrid: 2014/15: 25 ⚽ 2015/16: 32 ⚽ 2016/17: 26 ⚽ 2017/18: 29 ⚽ 2018/19: 21 ⚽ How many will he get at Barcelona? https://t.co/GeqAAyOkY4

Given he is still only a teenager, that is a big responsibility to be put on Felix's shoulders.

But he has shown enough at Benfica and in pre-season that he has the talent to fill the gap left by the Frenchman.