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Filipe Luis produces excellent assist in Brazil win over Honduras

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To say it's been a frustrating debut season at Chelsea for Filipe Luis would be an understatement, but the 29-year-old showed his class for Brazil against Honduras on Wednesday night.

The left-back, who cost Chelsea paid Atletico Madrid £15.8 million for last summer, showcased his underrated attacking credentials by starting and helping to finish the move which resulted in Brazil's only goal of the match.

Luis picked up the ball at left-back, laid it off to his teammate while sprinting upfield, received the ball again before playing a lovely disguised pass to Roberto Firmino who finished first time.

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Chelsea fans are likely to be surprised by this footage - many are unconvinced that the South American full-back was a worthwhile signing. The Blues' faithful have seen little over the past 12 months to suggest otherwise.

Luis only made 20 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea last season, after coming out second best in the battle with Cesar Azpilicueta, a Jose Mourinho favourite, for the left-back position.

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Filipe Luis wants Atletico Madrid return

Speculation is rife that Luis will return to Atletico Madrid this summer - Diego Simeone would love to bring him back to the Vicente Calderon - where he won the Spanish league title and reached the Champions League final at the end of the 2013-14 campaign.

It's also understood Luis has received - and rejected - an offer to join Atletico's glamorous local rivals Real Madrid.

Despite the tempting offer, the Brazilian has told Jorge Mendes - his agent - that he only wants a return to Atletico Madrid.

Mourinho needs a new back-up left-back

While Luis is undoubtedly a top-quality left-back, he was perhaps one signing too many for Chelsea last summer. Azpilicueta had the left-back position nailed down and so signing Luis, who was never going to be content to sit on the bench, wasn't Mourinho's best transfer decision.

Then again, the Chelsea manager had the same dilemma with Ryan Bertrand, who completed a permanent move to Southampton in January.

Bertrand wanted regular first-team football and was not content to play second-fiddle to Azpilicueta. He went on to enjoy a fabulous season with the Saints, who finished the Premier League campaign in seventh position.

Mourinho needs to find a left-back - either from the club's youth ranks or from elsewhere - content to be Chelsea's second-choice left-sided full-back behind Azpilicueta.

Luis was not the right man for that specific job.

Chelsea fans: should Jose Mourinho try his best to keep Filipe Luis this summer? Should he allow him to rejoin Atletico Madrid? Have your say in the comments below!

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