Atletico Madrid full-back Filipe Luis has revealed that he turned down the chance to move to Chelsea in 2009.
The 28-year-old, who been among the most impressive left-backs in La Liga this season, said that the offer from the west London outfit came while he was playing for Deportivo La Coruña.
"I’ve had many offers from the Premier League, especially when I was at Deportivo," the Brazil international told FourFourTwo. "I had to say no to Chelsea because I was negotiating with Barcelona and they were my priority alongside Atletico. Chelsea went on to buy a £15 million player, Yuri Zhirkov I think."
Luis left Deportivo in 2010 before joining Atletico, where he has won several major honours including the Europa League and the Copa del Rey.
Atleti currently sit second in the La Liga table after picking up 11 wins from their opening 12 matches, with Luis playing a role in all but one of those games.
The defender is enjoying his football, and hopes to stay at the Vicente Calderon until his current deal expires in four years' time.
"I’m very happy at Atletico and I want to honour the contract I have until 2017," Luis added. "By then, I’ll be 31, it’s difficult to find a good team at such an age, although I don’t discard moving to the Italian league.
"But my dream is to retire at Ajax. I feel like I’m in debt with them because they’ve given me everything and I gave nothing back. I’d like to have this chance, I’ll be older, mature. It’s a dream for me."