Filipe Luis is officially a Chelsea player, after the full-back completed his long-anticipated move to Stamford Bridge.
The Brazilian set Chelsea back around £16 million, signing a three-year deal and will wear the No 5 jersey vacated by Michael Essien when he made his move to AC Milan in January.
Luis insists a move to the Premier League has always been high on his list of priorities, when he spoke for the first time to Chelsea’s official website.
“This move is a dream come true for me. I now have the opportunity to play for Chelsea, and also in the Premier League.
“I’m very happy and looking forward to getting started and giving my best for the team during the coming seasons.”
The Brazilian is viewed as a direct replacement for veteran left-back Ashley Cole, whose Chelsea career came to an end last week as he signed for Serie A side Roma.
The Englishman’s powers were on the wane, with natural right-back Cesar Azpilicueta chosen ahead of him on numerous occasions.
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Luis was a lynchpin in Atletico Madrid's title-winning side, making 32 league appearances and 49 in all competitions. The 28-year-old was part of a La Liga’s stingiest defence, which conceded only 26 goals.
Having won five trophies in the past five years, Luis is keen to add to his medal tally with Chelsea.
“I'm going to give my best in all the games. You are never going to see Filipe walking on the field, always running.
“I will give my best and give a lot of work and effort. I hope we can bring trophies to the fans and they are going to be very happy with everybody.”
Luis also played his part in Atletico Madrid’s Champions League win over Chelsea, and Jose Mourinho has seemed intent on acquiring some of the key players that dismantled his side.
Diego Costa has signed with Tiago also expected to make the move, whist Thibaut Courtois has been recalled from loan, meaning Luis won’t be short of friends in west London.
After 11 years in Spain, Luis very much felt he needed a change, but told Atletico's club website that he will always carry a torch for a side he spent five seasons with.
“There have been many moments, a lot of hard work and a lot of commitment. I've been very happy at this Club. The reason for my leaving is neither economical nor because I’m at odds with Atlético de Madrid. On the contrary, I'm still an Atlético and will be for the rest of my life.”
Los Colchoneros snapped up Granada’s full-back Guillherme Siquera for €10 million in anticipation of Luis’ departure, a direct replacement in terms of age and nationality.
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