Filipe Luis nears Atletico exit…
Ahead of an expected £19m move to Stamford Bridge, Atletico Madrid’s Brazilian defender Filipe Luis has been made to train with his club’s reserve side, reports Spanish daily AS.
The defender is being targeted by Jose Mourinho and the Blues hierarchy as the man to replace stalwart Ashley Cole, who has left to join AS Roma on a free transfer after his contract expired.
The 28-year-old has been punished by his manager Diego Simeone for a perceived poor attitude. Filipe Luis complained of a fever to his temperamental boss, who didn’t appreciate or believe the Brazilian’s complaints – and sent him to train with the club’s second string as a result.
Filipe Luis’s move to Stamford Bridge has already been paved with Atletico having secured his replacement Guilherme Siquiera from Granada.
Last term in La Liga and the Champions League, the defender was rated by many as the best in his position in the whole of Europe, and his arrival would enable Cesar Azpilicueta to switch to his natural right-back position – where he would likely compete with Branislav Ivanovic for a starting spot.