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Filipe Luis says Diego Costa misses Atletico Madrid

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Filipe Luis says he, Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois spent much of last season talking about days gone by at their former club Atletico Madrid.

All three of them moved from the Spanish capital to Stamford Bridge in the summer proceeding last season, each having played a pivotal role in a triumphant La Liga campaign.

But while Courtois and Costa managed to translate their Spanish success to the Premier League, Luis failed to adjust to life under Jose Mourinho and returned to the Vicente Calderon.

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Having lasted just one season in west London, observers believe that the Brazilian's lack of game time was the reason for his premature exit. Luis struggled with the presence of Cesar Azpilicueta, making just 15 Premier League appearances.

But the left-back has claimed that his lasting love for Atletico was not exclusive, admitting that he and Costa spent time pining for their former club last season.

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He told AS: "I remember the Supercopa, Diego and I got to the reception of the hotel to watch the game on a computer. We never lost our love for Atleti. More and more we were talking about Atleti. But they played and are completely adapted to life in London."

The rumours

Luis adds fuel to the remaining embers of a rumour that suggested Costa was unhappy with life at Chelsea and wanted to return to Madrid along with his compatriot.

There was even a suggestion that he was willing to take a significant pay cut in his £180,000-a-week wages to rejoin Diego Simeone.

However, while there may be at least some substance to the claims, it seems the striker is happy to try and make things work at Stamford Bridge.

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Filipe Luis
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