Report: Filipe Luis keen for Chelsea exit

Costa, Willian, Filipe Luis

Filipe Luis has told ex-Atletico Madrid teammate Miranda of his desire to return to La Liga, according to reports in Spain.

Chelsea defender Filipe Luis has confessed to former Atletico Madrid teammate Miranda that he wants to return to the  club, according to Spanish newspaper AS.

Filipe, 29, joined Chelsea from Atletico in the summer for around £16 million, having helped Diego Simeone’s side win the La Liga title and progress to the Champions League final last season.

Arriving at Stamford Bridge with a reputation as one of the best left-backs in European football, most expected the Brazil international to walk straight into the line-up, but the form of fellow defender Cesar Azpilicueta has meant his first-team opportunities have been far more limited than first assumed.

Making just five Premier League starts this season, AS now claim that Filipe is regretting his move after just six months in England, and has even discussed a move back to the Vicente Calderon with compatriot Miranda.

It should be noted, however, that the ex-Deportivo La Coruna man has stressed on multiple occasions in the past that he is not concerned with his lack of minutes, telling Marca in December: “I've nearly always been in the starting XI [before coming to Chelsea] and this is a new situation for me, but I think it's a fair one.

"The team is playing very well. We're winning matches and conceding few goals. There's not much to say really but I'll try to make the most of the chances I get."

There is good reason to be sceptical about AS’s report therefore, although one interest wrinkle comes from the claim that Filipe tried to persuade Miranda to join him, Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois in west London in the summer, following reports that the club had been targeting the centre-back.

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