Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has reportedly made Chelsea target Filipe Luis train with the reserve side.
Chelsea left-back target Filipe Luis has been made to train with the Atletico Madrid reserve side by Atleti boss Diego Simeone.
Luis is thought to be keen on a £20 million move to Stamford Bridge with links over Chelsea’s interest persisting for most of the summer.
The Brazilian defender returned to Atletico pre-season training as planned but Simeone is reported to have grown annoyed when Luis pulled out of a session claiming to have a fever.
“Filipe Luis seems to be pressing to leave and Diego Simeone has put him in the reserves as he’s not willing to waste his time. Filipe’s future does not pass through Atleti,” reports Spanish newspaper AS.
Chelsea are hunting a left-back ahead of the new season after backing down in the race for Luke Shaw, a player Mourinho considered poor value for money as Manchester United snapped him up for over £30 million.
There are several reasons Luis will find Chelsea a very difficult team to turn down and they’re reasons he’s reportedly intent on the move according to the Spanish press.
The obvious reason is the instant Atleti connection Chelsea have in the form of Thibaut Courtois and Diego Costa.
The Belgian goalkeeper enjoyed a good relationship with Luis last season, as they formed a key part of the defence which won Diego Simeone’s side the La Liga title and they narrowly missed out on the Champions League title.
Diego Costa represents another friend in the Chelsea squad and someone who would help Luis make the transition in terms of communication, as they’re effectively in the same boat moving to a new country for a new challenge.
Simeone’s motives for putting Luis in the reserve side could be simply to help him nurse his way back to full health and fitness.
However, if the motives are because he’s grown tired of the player’s desire to leave, it’s a clear sign that Chelsea have an opportunity to get their man if the reports of the club’s interest are accurate and true.