Filipe Luis not happy as a Chelsea substitute

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Filipe Luis says it is hard for him to be happy as a bit-part player for Chelsea but is ready to wait for his chance.

The left-back cost Chelsea £16 million to bring in from Atletico Madrid in the summer, but has since failed to start a Premier League game. Instead Jose Mourinho has opted to stick with Cesar Azpilicueta.

His bit-part role is farflung from the one he left behind at the Vicente Calderon. Luis played a key role in Diego Simeone's side as Atletico Madrid won the La Liga title and came within seconds of winning the Champions League.

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Having cost such a substantial amount of money as well as breaking into the Brazil national team, many have been surprised at the 29-year-old's lack of action. He himself admits that he is unhappy with his current role.

However, despite his discontent, Luis is more than willing to wait for his chance and insists the long season virtually guarantees game time.

"Everyone here wants to play," he told reporters.

Win titles

"When you do not play, you're not happy at all, but I came here, to Chelsea, to win titles. The team is always more important than any player.

"The season is very long... Everyone will have their chance and will try to take it."


Mourinho has shown a willingness to rotate his squad, starting Luis in both of Chelsea's opening Champions League games and their Capital One Cup game against Bolton Wanderers.

Luis will be looking to win a place in the Premier League side, however. Having seen his Atletico Madrid teammate Diego Costa experience significant success at Stamford Bridge, he has plenty of motivation to follow suit.

Costa success

Costa has scored eight goals in his opening six Premier League games including an impressive hat-trick against Swansea City. Mourinho has claimed that the striker is striker is struggling with injury, but that has not stopped him scoring.

The 25-year-old has already declared himself fit to face Arsenal at the weekend and also publically declared a desire to play for Spain in next week's qualifiers.

As a left-back, Luis is unlikely to get a chance to make such a noticeable impact on the team and the form of Azpilicueta over the last 18 months makes the job of establishing himself all the more tough.

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