Chelsea defender Filipe Luis has stated his intention to see out the duration of his three-year contract at Stamford Bridge, but refused to rule out the possibility of leaving west London before then because "everything can happen in football".
The Brazil international has made a modest start to life with the Premier League leaders, struggling to cement his place in Jose Mourinho's line-up after making 23 appearances in all competitions this term.
Luis would've been hoping to establish himself as the Blues first-choice left-back following his £16 million move from Atletico Madrid last summer, but the fine form of fellow full-backs Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta has meant opportunities to impress have so far been limited.
However, despite his relative lack of competitive action the South American insists he is happy in England and has no plans to leave Chelsea any time soon, despite recent rumours linking him with a possible return to the Vicente Calderon.
"I'm just focused on Chelsea, on working hard and giving my best in order to end the season with another important and beautiful trophy," explained Luis in an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca. "Of course, everything can change in football, but I'm happy and have a three-year contract at Chelsea that I'd like to see out."
The 29-year-old seems pretty committed to his new club, which will be music to the ears of Mourinho after shelling out so much money to bring him to Chelsea.
Luis has played nowhere near as many minutes as fellow summer signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, though, and perhaps that's the reason why his latest comments appear to be keeping his options open ahead of the next transfer window.
Were he informed by Blues officials that he's free to find another club then a move back to Madrid would certainly not be ruled out, given the success he enjoyed with the reigning La Liga champions under the tutelage of Los Rojiblancos boss Diego Simeone.
"I've had some of the best years of my career at Atlético and remember the supporters, my teammates and the coaching staff fondly," he reflected. "I'm really fond of 'El Cholo' [Diego Simeone], he's a coach that taught me so much."
"I've had some of the best years of my career at Atlético," - Filipe Luis
The fact that Mourinho holds an interest in Atletico's attacking midfielder Koke - according to the London Evening Standard - and that the Spanish outfit would be happy to re-sign Luis means that the prospect of the Brazilian being reunited with his old manager should not be ruled out entirely.
It's very much a case of watch this space.
Chelsea fans: Would you be disappointed to see Filipe Luis leave Stamford Bridge after one solitary season? Or do you think swapping him and some cash for Koke would be a good deal? Share your thoughts below...
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