Out of favor Chelsea left-back Filipe Luis looks well on his way for a life away from the west London club.
The Brazilian was already linked with Atletico Madrid, but the Italian daily Gazzetta Dello Sport has claimed that Internazionale has made a surprise move for the defender.It has been reported that Luis has been discussing the move with the Nerazzurri boss Roberto Mancini who wants him to replace veteran Yuto Nagamoto.
Blues signed Luis from Atletico last summer for £16 million, but a consistently brilliant César Azpilicueta has not allowed the former Deportivo man to settle down and has put his stamp on the left-back spot with his stellar performances.With him performing at the top level and getting into good books of boss Jose Mourinho, it was tough for Luis to break into that position.
The stylish left-back could only manage 13 Premier League appearances for the champions and seems disenchanted with his current state at Stamford Bridge.
Upon his arrival Luis was seen as a typical Jose Mourinho left back,the one who would like to go forward and provide support to attackers and while on the ball would slither pass the opposition and look too dangerous. A master at the art of tackling and would rarely mistime a side tackle.These beautiful abilities were constantly on display during his time in the Spanish capital but were hardly seen during his little tenure with the Pensioners.Clearly his true potential was not realized in the blue shirt.
Luis, who is currently representing Brazil at the Copa America, did give a hint that he could be heading out.
“It’s difficult to talk about my future because I do not really know what will happen,” Luis said.
“I have a contract with Chelsea and I belong to the club, so it’s up to them.”
However, despite Inter’s sudden approach Atletico is still in a top position to re-sign him as manager Diego Simeone has expressed his desire to bring back the defender to Vincente Calderon.
He was quoted as saying:
“[Filipe Luis] is a player we like a lot as a kid but who also knows us well and has given a lot to the team, I hope it happens.”
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Edited By: Harshal Ahire
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