Filipe Luis rejects offer to join Real Madrid

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Chelsea defender Filipe Luis has rejected an offer to join Real Madrid this summer, but still wants to quit Stamford Bridge and return to La Liga.

The Brazil international is holding out for a move back to former club Atletico Madrid after struggling to make much of an impact at the newly crowned Premier League champions.

TalkSPORT cites a report in Spanish newspaper Marca which suggests the 29-year-old is keen to be reunited with Diego Simeone at the Vicente Calderon, so much so that he's turned down advances from their local rivals.

Rafa Benitez was recently appointed as Carlo Ancelotti's successor at the Santiago Bernabeu and the former Napoli boss is reportedly interested in acquiring the Blues left-back's signature.

However, his hopes of luring the £78,000-a-week star from west London have been hampered by the player's unwavering allegiance to his old employers.

Luis is understood to have told his agent, Jorge Mendes, that only a return to Atletico would convince him to leave Jose Mourinho's side in the forthcoming transfer window, despite the fact he's failed to nail down a regular place in the team.

The Portuguese coach has preferred to play Cesar Azpilicueta out of position on the left side of Chelsea's defence rather than deploying the South American full-back who joined in a £15.8 million deal last summer.

He was the second Colchoneros star to sign for the club ahead of the 2014/15 campaign following the £32 million capture of Spain international striker Diego Costa, who has enjoyed significantly more success during his debut campaign in England.

Despite suffering a number of niggling hamstring injuries, the Brazil-born marksman still contributed 20 Premier League goals, quickly establishing himself as one of the most lethal finishers in the division.

Chelsea fans: Do you think Filipe Luis will still be at Stamford Bridge next season? Would you be happy to see Jose Mourinho let him leave west London? Have your say below…

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