Jose Mourinho may be planning to use Filipe Luis as a bargaining chip for Atletico Madrid star Koke, but the left-back himself has no intentions of leaving Stamford Bridge anytime soon.
That’s according to the London Evening Standard, who carry quotes from the player suggesting that he is aiming to see out the three-year contract he penned last summer. Having won the La Liga title and finished as a runner-up in the Champions League last season Luis’ stock was high when he arrived at Chelsea, though its now plummeted as he’s struggled to get game-time.
So far Mourinho has preferred Cesar Azpilicueta in his defence, reinforcing the speculation that indicates Luis might spend just the one term in the Premier League before once again seeking pastures new. Rumours as recently as yesterday inferred that his old club are considering the prospect of taking him back, and yet the player himself has moved to dispel the transfer talk.
“When I arrived here in Chelsea, I signed a three-year contract, which I want to fulfil," he said.
“The team is in a great period, the team was champion in the League Cup, has the possibility of being champion of the Premier League, which is the most important to me.
“I do not think about the speculation, nothing of it. My head is completely focused on Chelsea for the season finale.
“I know people can talk a lot and will talk a lot, but my head is prepared for this end to season which is very important both in Chelsea, as the national team.”
Decision could be overruled
Just how much say Luis will have in the matter remains to be seen, particularly if his return is the deciding factor in whether or not Chelsea can get their hands on the £48 million-rated Koke. The Spain international is wanted by Mourinho and it makes sense to assume The Special One will do whatever is necessary to convince his club to enter negotiations.
In fairness to Luis he’s had a fairly difficult shake of things since arriving in England. As has already been mentioned his reputation should have granted him at least the chance to solidify a position as the dominant left-back for this campaign, though Mourinho made it clear from the off that his favoured personnel was the more defensively astute Azpilicueta.
Atletico return beneficial?
Despite his claims over wanting to stay he’s going to have to make a difficult decision come the summer if he wants to remain in the top bracket for left-sided defenders. At 29 he’s closer to the end of his career than the beginning, and if he wants to be playing first-team football a return to the Vicente Calderon might be what’s needed.
It would certainly be a shame given how he must have hoped to fare in England’s top flight, but better to chalk it up as a failed opportunity than prolong it and risk wasting the prime years of his career sitting as Mourinho’s backup.
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