Chelsea star Filipe Luis has admitted that he is struggling to adapt to life in England as it gets dark earlier than he is used to.
Speaking to Spanish publication Marca, as relayed by Metro, the Brazilian full-back has revealed that there are a number of factors troubling him since his move to the Premier League this summer.
Despite initially being tipped to become the first-choice left-back under Jose Mourinho Luis has struggled to get himself a first-team spot, and rumours are already insisting that his stay in west London might be a short one.
The player himself did little to allay these fears by grumbling about such things as the weather, and even what time he eats his dinner.
"There’s no daylight," Luis said.
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"Here it gets dark at half past three or four. I had never lived that way. You have to change many routines, like my dinner time."
"Here it gets dark at half past three or four. I had never lived that way. You have to change many routines, like my dinner time"
Since leaving Atletico Madrid Luis has only managed to make 11 appearances in all competitions, and it makes sense to assume that he’ll be looking to get far more game-time under his belt.
Lack of game-time
The 29-year-old was a key asset in Diego Simeone’s side that not only won La Liga but also made it to the Champions League final, and with the departure of Ashley Cole he would have been forgiven for thinking that he was the de facto next left-back.
However Cesar Azpilicueta’s versatility has kept him out of the side, and with the Blues having enjoyed a brilliant start to the season things don’t look like changing anytime soon. Mourinho’s men lost their first match of the campaign against Newcastle United last weekend but still sit in a dominant position at the summit of the Premier League table, as well as having qualified without a loss from their Champions League group.
It remains to be seen whether or not Luis will remain with the club past the end of the season, particularly if he can’t force his way into Mourinho’s plans during the second half of the campaign.