Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo believes his player’s move to the Premier League was inevitable after receiving such a tempting offer.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho gained a little revenge on Atletico Madrid after their Champions League loss to the Spaniards by stripping them of their talented stars.
Highly-rated Belgian shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois returned to Stamford Bridge on loan, whereas top striker Diego Costa followed after the Blues activated his £32 million release clause.
The third one Filipe Luis, however, is the one that hurt the La Liga champions the most and it was the manner of the transfer which leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
Speculation regarding Luis’ future at the end of last season was mounting but the Madrid-based outfit expected their star left-back to accept an improved contract and see out the peak of his career in the Spanish capital.
The Brazilian international, however, had clearly already had his head turned by thought of a move to Jose Mourinho’s side as the Spanish press broke the news of his refusal of a new deal.
In an interview reported by Sky Sports Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Atleti president Enrique Cerezo told reporters how his side stood little chance against the economic power of their rivals.
“If they offered him what they did, it's impossible to say no, nobody would. We made Filipe an offer but it was not like those of our competitors."
Filipe Luis was an unused substitute during his new side’s 3-1 opening day Premier League victory over recently promoted Burnley.
His place in the Blues’ starting XI is not guaranteed as Spanish left-back Cesar Azpilicueta will provide strong competition throughout the season.