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Athletic Madrid forward Joao Felix told ESPN he had decided to join the club because of their record of producing great strikers.

The 19-year-old Felix has sealed a move to Atletico for a club record transfer fee of € 126 million despite interest from some European teams.

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Sergio Aguero, Diego Forlan, Fernando Torres and Radamel Falcao all enjoyed impressive spells in the Spanish capital and Felix said he wants to do the same.

"I saw the strikers Atletico have and they were great players, great strikers," he said in an exclusive interview with ESPN. "I want to be another and that's why I choose to come here."

Felix is ​​called by the "new Cristiano Ronaldo" by many and he said he wants to emulate his Portuguese teammate.

The youngster performed alongside Ronaldo, as Portugal won the National League this summer.

He added: "Cristiano Ronaldo has won five Ball of Gold trophies and this is the dream of all players. Obviously I would like to be like Cristiano."

Felix has already impressed after scoring one goal and assisting two others in Atletico's 7-3 victory over rivals Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup.

Meanwhile, joint summer signer Kieran Trippier told ESPN he intends to do an interview in Spanish within the next two months.

"My priority is to speak Spanish," he said. "I want to be involved with the players and the coach to understand more.

"I have a teacher in Madrid and it's five days a week for two hours every day so maybe in a month or two, we can have this interview in Spanish."

The 28-year-old Trippier joined the Tottenham Spanish club for around € 25m and said he always wanted to test himself abroad.

"There were some clubs interested in me, but when Atletico Madrid came for me, it was a great experience to play in Spain in La Liga," he added. "It's something I've always wanted to do, play abroad and I'm absolutely delighted to be here."

Athletics will play against the MLS All-Stars in Orlando on Wednesday in their final match of their US preseason.

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