Filipe Luis is set to hand a snub to Chelsea and seek a return to former club Atletico Madrid, as he has been left unhappy with the way Jose Mourinho has starved him of game time.
According to reports in Spanish daily Marca the Brazilian full-back wants to get one last big contract at a team where he knows his talents will be fully recognised.
Given that he was a La Liga champion and almost a Champions League winner with Atletico it makes sense that his eyes are trained on a possible return.
This in spite of the fact that the player himself has made it clear that he doesn't intend on leaving Stamford Bridge this summer following a campaign where he has largely played second-fiddle to Cesar Azpilicueta.
Time to leave
The Spaniard has been preferred in the Premier League regardless of the fact that Luis was only signed last summer, leading many to believe that the latter will never be Mourinho's first-choice.
If that is the case then Luis will be well within his rights to leave the club at the next available opportunity, and Mourinho might even attempt to arrange his sale if the incoming offer from Atletico is deemed suitable enough.
The ins and outs
The Blues boss will almost certainly have transfer targets of his own that he hopes to pursue, though due to Financial Fair Play rules he might have to generate a portion of his transfer funds via the sale of individuals currently on his books.
Marca’s report details how Luis is eager to leave Chelsea before the start of next term and sees his former haunt as the ideal place to land a contract that would see him comfortably into the twilight of his career. After all he is to turn 30 this year, and getting regular first-team opportunities will be paramount in his interests.
Just how much Atletico would be willing to pay for Luis, or how much Chelsea might expect, is unclear, but it’s safe to put a ball-park figure around the mark that saw him swap La Liga for the Premier League a year ago.
If given the chance to negotiate it looks like Luis will certainly be interested in a move back to the Vicente Calderon. As a result the transfer’s feasibility now rests in the hands of Diego Simeone and Mourinho.
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