Chelsea resume negotiations for Atletico Madrid defender

Chelsea have resumed their negotiations with Atletico Madrid left-back Filipe Luis, Daily Mail reports.

The Blue’s long serving left-back Ashley Cole is set to depart Stamford Bridge this summer and have targeted Luis after his impressive performance for the Madrid club this year.

Atletico Madrid conceded only 26 goals in their 38 La Liga fixtures, winning the league for the first time since 1996 and reaching the UEFA Champions League final with the Brazilian defender playing a pivotal role in their success.

However Luis has expressed that he is only focused on Atletico and Brazil, with his name currently on the standby list.

He told Brazilian newspaper O Globo: “I have a contract for three years. My thought is to continue.

“We have to lift our heads high and think about the next goal.”

The 28-year-old played against the Blues in the Champions League semi-final and has been scouted throughout the season.

The former Deportivo La Coruna man is however slightly disappointed that despite his impressive form, national team coach Luis Felipe Scolari only gave him a stand-by spot for the World Cup.

“Sometimes I don’t understand the criteria for picking a national team player,” Luis said.

Chelsea are trying to bring down the defender’s current £19.4million buy-out clause, with other left-back options still available in the market.


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