Atletico Madrid’s new record signing Joao Felix has vowed not to be weighed down by the impact compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo made in the city as he attempts follow in his footsteps.
The 19-year-old Portugal striker, who had earlier trained with his team-mates for the first time, was unveiled at a press conference by Atletico on Monday after completing his €127.2 million move from Benfica last week.
“Of course this is a great comparison, but Cristiano is Cristiano and I want to be myself,” said Felix when asked if he had spoken to international colleague Cristiano Ronaldo, who spent nine years with derby rivals Real Madrid
Felix will also have to deal with the pressure of his price tag, but he insisted that is not a concern.
Ambitious new boy Keno is determined to write his name into Al Jazira’s history like “the Brazil legend Ricardo Oliveira and the African legend George Weah” once action gets under way for 2019/20.
Keno, 29, inked a one-season loan deal late on Sunday night from Pyramids FC to mark an exciting start to the Pride of Abu Dhabi’s foreign recruitment. The forward netted eight times in 32 top-flight run-outs after an Egypt-record $10 million arrival from Palmeiras during June 2018.
“I am excited for my new journey with Al Jazira and I am delighted to join this great reputable club which was the home to some of the football world’s biggest names like the Brazil legend Ricardo Oliveira and the African legend George Weah,” said Keno, who makes the switch after snubbing Arabian Gulf League runners-up Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club
“I am fully aware of Al Jazira’s attacking play style and their commitment towards giving their fans a memorable match experience.
“Their playing style suits me and will help bring out my best performances and help the team to achieve the goals set for the new season.”
Jazira’s desire to improve on last term’s disappointing fifth-placed finish has seen the unheralded Streppel – who counts Willem II, Heerenveen and Anorthosis Famagusta among his former employers – replace fellow Dutchman Damien Hertog at the helm. UAE midfielder Sultan Al Ghaferi was landed on a free transfer once his deal at neighbours Al Wahda expired.
They have, however, suffered the blow of witnessing the highly rated Mohamed Jamal head to Al Ain.
Fresh addition Keno will join his Jazira team-mates for the first time during this month’s summer training camp in the Netherlands.
He brings plenty of experience having previously played for cubs such as Mexico’s Atlas and Botafogo.
HE Mohamed Saif Al Suwaidi, chairman of Al Jazira, said: “I would like to express my sincere thanks to Al Jazira higher management whose support was instrumental for the deal to come through. Their ongoing support to the first team and their continued efforts to ensure the success of Al Jazira is highly valuable.”
Keno’s compatriot Leonardo and ex-Arsenal attacker Nacer Barazite have already departed Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium. Cameroon midfielder Sebastien Siani and Ghana winger Ernest Asante’s continuations in the non-Emirati quartet are unclear.
Streppel said: “Keno will be a wonderful addition to the Al Jazira squad. He’s talented, has a good eye for goal and has good experience under his belt.
“I think he’s a player who will excite our fans.”
Leicester have completed the club-record signing of Youri Tielemans from Monaco.
The midfielder takes the Foxes’ summer spending to nearly £80 million after penning a four-year deal with the fee for Tielemans believed to be around £40m.
The 22-year-old, who had been linked with Manchester United, spent the second half of last season on loan at King Power Stadium.
He told the club’s official website: “It is such a great feeling to sign for this club. Ever since I arrived on loan last season, all the players, the staff and the fans have been fantastic with me, so I’m thrilled to be able to become a Leicester City player.
“I believe that we have the talent in our squad to achieve something special and for any player, that’s an exciting thing to be a part of.
“I really can’t wait to get started again with this club and do everything I can to help my team-mates.”
Tielemans made 13 appearances scoring three times for the Foxes last season during his loan spell, which involved Adrien Silva moving to Monaco on a similar deal.
Silva remains at Leicester after the end of his loan, but is unlikely to be one of Brendan Rodgers’ first-choice midfielders.
Belgium international Tielemans leaves Monaco two years after joining from Anderlecht for £21.6m.
He joins Ayoze Perez and James Justin as new arrivals under boss Rodgers this summer.
Perez cost £30m from Newcastle while right-back Justin joined from Luton for a fee which could reportedly rise to around £8m.
Rodgers added: “I’m delighted that Youri has chosen to be part of Leicester City’s journey.
“It’s an incredibly exciting time for this football club and to be able to bring players of Youri’s quality here is an indication of the hunger for success we have here.
“Youri fit brilliantly into the squad last season, he’s already shown that he’s capable of making an impact in the Premier League and he adds another option to an incredibly talented group of players here at Leicester City.”
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