Chelsea fail to replace Eden Hazard with £100m-rated playmaker

Joao Felix claimed he is happy at the moment and wants to stay at Benfica amid strong interest from Chelsea ahead of the summer transfer window.

The 19-year-old playmaker is viewed as one of the most exciting prospects in Portugal after bursting onto the scene this campaign, grabbing eight goals and six assists in 15 league games.

Chelsea’s rivals Liverpool have already had an offer of £61 million turned down for the attacker with Benfica holding out for a fee of at least £100 million for the teenager.

Reports last month said that both Manchester United and City had held talks with Portuguese giants over Joao Felix and the midfielder has directly responded to the Red Devils’ interest.

Questioned how he has reacted to links with European heavyweights interested in signing him the youngster told Marca: ‘My dream has always been to play for the big teams and in the big competitions.

‘But I’m here, and I’m very happy with Benfica, which, like those teams, is also a big one in Europe.’

Joao Felix has stressed that he pays no attention to talk of the whopping €120 million release clause in his deal at Benfica.

On whether it’s a ‘crazy’ figure, the playmaker replied: ‘Maybe, yes, but I do not understand the market or values; these are issues of representatives and presidents. I just play.’

Chelsea were linked with £150 million swoop for Joao Felix and his teammate Ruben Dias, who are both understood to lead Portugal to glory in the future.