Chelsea defender Filipe Luis has struggled to break into Jose Mourinho's starting XI in his first season since joining Atletico Madrid, but the Brazilian is refusing to give up and is committed to seeing out his three-year contract.
Luis has played just 11 Premier League games since making a £16 million move (per the Daily Mail) from Atletico Madrid last summer but despite being linked with a move back to the Vicente Calderon, Luis stated in an interview with Globosporte that he's committed to the club.
"When I came to Chelsea, I signed for three years and I want to fulfil that. The team is in a good moment, they were the FA Cup champions and they have a good chance of being Premier League champions, which is what's most important to me. Right now I'm not thinking about that at all. My head is completely focused on Chelsea for the rest of the season. I know they've been talking about this subject a lot, but my head is completely focused on the end of the season, which is just as important in Chelsea as it is with the Brazilian national team. The possibility of winning the Premier League after winning the La Liga title isn't easy. Also, playing with Brazil in the Copa America would be wonderful. That's all I'm thinking about and nothing else."
Luis went on to discuss his lack of minutes, as he's been unable to usurp Spanish international Cesar Azpilicueta in the left-back spot and admits that it's been difficult for him to adjust to playing a supplementary role after being an everyday starter for the past nine years.
"I've played almost every game over the past nine years. When I came to Chelsea, I found a situation where I'm not always playing. But the numbers aren't that bad, I've played half of the games for Chelsea this season. There are games where (Mourinho) uses one player or the other, depending on the opponent or how the game's going to be. Sometimes he chooses Azpilicueta, who defends very well, or if he wants to push the ball forward more he goes with me, there are times when he interchange with Ivanovic. Obviously, everyone wants to play, everyone wants to be an important part of the team, here it's no different, but I perfectly understand the coach's decision and we always must respect it."
Filipe Luis has found himself back in the Brazilian national team since Dunga has taken charge and after not being called up during his prime years at Atletico Madrid due to Scolari's desire to stick with the same squad, the 29-year-old is keen to embrace every opportunity Dunga gives him to represent his country.
"Every time there comes a call-up and I'm named to the squad, it's obviously an incredible joy for me. But this only strengthens my ambition to win titles with Brazil, which is the primary objective. I had the opportunity to be named to the squad who won the Confederations Cup and that's something Brazil needs to get back to and we're on the right track. Honestly, I feel very privileged to be able to work with Dunga."
Chelsea currently top the Premier League with Luis playing 11 of those 28 games, six as a starter with 668 minutes played.