Will FC Barcelona’s signing of two key members of the Portuguese national team breathe new life into the club?
João Felix, 23, a forward from Atletico Madrid, and João Cancelo, 29, a fullback from Manchester City. Both members of the Portuguese national soccer team, they joined Barça on loan at the end of this summer’s transfer window, and expectations are high.
Barça confirmed their arrival at the team’s training ground, the Ciutat Esportsiva Joan Campeir, near Barcelona, on Sunday. The loan is until the end of the 2023-2024 season.
João Felix said, “Everyone knows I’m happy to be here. It was my dream. I came to help the team and it’s a unique feeling. When Barça told me they were interested, I was very happy. In the end, it was possible thanks to everyone’s hard work,” he said of his transfer.
He continued: “With my father and brother, we used to watch Barça games. We have always been fans of this great club. I’ve dreamed about it since I was a kid and worked hard to fulfill my goal of coming here.”
President Juan Laporta added: “João Felix is one of the players who has shown commitment and desire to move to Barça. He is very motivated. Without all the hard work, this signing would not have been possible.”
Sporting director Deco added: “We didn’t think his transfer would be possible because of his position and the situation we were in, but he made the effort from the beginning and showed that he wanted to come. We will be a better squad and we will grow as a team with João Felix.”
“It’s like a dream come true,” said João Cancellu. I want to thank my family, my agent, my friends, and also my mom, who watches me every day from up high. She knows where I want to play, and it’s a dream to be here.”
Kancelu added: “My heroes have always played here. I relate to Varsha’s style of play, and I think we have a lot of similarities,” he said.
“I’m really excited to be here and I’m ready to work hard to win a lot of trophies. I know there will be pressure, but I like that.”
President Laporta said of him, “He is a player of extraordinary talent. He is a specialist in the right fullback position, which the coaching staff said we 바카라사이트 needed to strengthen. He is a versatile player and although he is still young, he has a lot of experience, which will help us.”
Deco added: “I’m really happy to have Kancelu here, he will bring experience and qualities in positions that we, together with the coaching staff, want to strengthen. We are a stronger squad now.”