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Chelsea target Filipe Luis keen for Atletico Madrid stay

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Chelsea have received a setback with the news that defender target Filipe Luis would like to stay at Atletico Madrid to help defend the La Liga title.

The Brazilian left-back has been touted as a potential replacement for Ashley Cole who was released last week.

Luis has impressed this season for Diego Simeone's men as Atletico became the first club in ten years to wrestle the La Liga title out of Barcelona and Real Madrid's clutches. The defender was part of a back four who had the best defensive record in the Spanish top flight.

They also beat the Blues on the way to Saturday's Champions League final, but their Madrid rivals had their revenge after coming from behind to win 4-1 after extra time.

The 28-year-old has been the focus of a rumoured £16.5 million bid, while teammate and striker Diego Costa is also expected to move to Stamford Bridge.

However, Luis is keen on extending his four-year stay in the Spanish capital. 

"I have a contract for three years," he told a Brazilian newspaper.

"My thought is to continue.

"We have to lift our heads high (after the Champions League final defeat) and think about the next goal."

Luis has appeared three times for his country, but despite his successful season - he was overlooked by manager Luiz Felipe Scolari for this summer's World Cup squad in their home nation.

Despite expressing his disappointment at the decision, the in-demand star will not let it affect him too much. 

"Sometimes I don't understand the criteria for picking a national team player," he added. "(But) I don't dream of winning the World Cup," he continued.

The tall left-back had spells at on-loan at Real Madrid B and Deportivo La Coruna from Brazilian football before settling to down to play his best football at Atletico following a transfer in 2010.

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