Brazil star Filipe Luis has spoken of his shock at being told by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to compete with Cesar Azpilicueta for a starting spot last season, the Daily Express reports.
The 30-year-old made a swift return to Spanish giants Atletico Madrid this summer (via Express) after a season with The Blues that saw him collect Premier League and League Cup winner’s medals despite making a total of 26 appearances across all competitions.
Having initially cost Chelsea £20m when he signed on, he departed just 12 months later for £15.8m (via Express).
And now, the jilted left-back has said that Jose Mourinho’s unwillingness to give him more regular first team football was the key factor that made him decide to look for an exit from the club this summer.
“I always really missed Atletico,” he told Spanish newspaper AS.
“I was coming to play 50 games or more and to have to share my position [with Azpilicueta] shocked me. It makes you less important but I made up for the games I missed with games for the Brazil team.
“It’s true I wasn’t as important at Chelsea. I never demanded that. What I wanted was to be a champion, because few people get that. I succeeded. But the happiness wasn’t there. It’s a significant difference.
“I talked to [Diego Simeone] a few times. He asked if I wanted to return and I told him I’d love to.”
Chelsea have since moved to sign young Ghanaian full-back Abdul Baba Rahman as a replacement for the Brazilian, and though he has yet to make a first team appearance for The Blues, The Express suggests he could make his debut this weekend against Everton.
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