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Filipe Luis rejected 'several teams' to sign for Chelsea

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The dream of working with Jose Mourinho led Brazilian full-back Filipe Luis to reject several other teams to sign for Chelsea this summer.

The former-Atletico Madrid full-back, who was signed for €25m earlier this preseason, was speaking to Globoesporte. He admitted that the opportunity to work with a coach like Mourinho was too good to pass up.

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Offers to go elsewhere

"I had other offers, but from the moment we entered [Chelsea talks], I did not think twice. I wanted a change of country and England has always been my priority.

"It was very easy to decide," Luis continued.

Luis followed Diego Costa from the Vicente Calderon to Stamford Bridge, and should line up for the Blues in their final preseason friendly match against Real Sociedad tomorrow.

He has impressed on their tour to date, with Cesar Azpilicueta swapping from left-back to his usual right-back role to accommodate him. The move also gives greater balance to the Chelsea back line, although it does mean Branislav Ivanovic may have a real fight on his hands for a starting place.

And Luis is under no illusions as to the size of the task he faces to live up to the high standards demanded by the Chelsea boss.

Mourinho is a winner

"Wherever Mourinho goes, he is a champion," Luis said. "Last year, they did not win anything, so we know that this year the demand will be huge. He requires the maximum from his players.

"I played a lot against him, I know how difficult it is, and I think all players want to work with him. Players grow, and give their best. He squeezes, and takes the best from each player."

Luis was part of the Atletico Madrid team under Diego Simeone that knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage last season. Atletico went on to lose the final against city rivals Real Madrid, but they did manage a historic league win.

Luis, 29, will make his Premier League debut if selected next Monday when Chelsea take on Burnley at Turf Moor in the first Monday night kick-off of the new campaign.

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