Atletico Madrid confirmed today via their Twitter page that they have reached a transfer agreement with Chelsea FC for Brazilian left back Filipe Luis. They wished the defender good luck on his project at Chelsea but did not go in to details on the agreement itself. This transfer saga has gone on since the two teams faced each other in the Champions League semifinal and the speculation grew even stronger when rumors of Ashley Cole’s departure began to swirl.
After the rumors became fact and Ashley Cole was released from the club on July 1st and subsequently signed with AS Roma, it became clear that Chelsea would be in the market for a top-tier left back. Some believed that they would promote from within through the likes of Ryan Bertrand of Patrick Van Aanholt but others firmly believed that Filipe Luis was on his way to Chelsea.
— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) July 16, 2014
The statement from the Atletico Madrid website about the Filipe Luis transfer:
Atletico Madrid and Chelsea have reached an agreement to transfer the rights of Filipe Luis, pending the medical with the English club. The Brazilian footballer had told our club at the end of the campaign his willingness to join the London entity.
Luis Filipe joined Atletico Madrid from Deportivo La Coruna in the summer of 2010, winning the European Super Cup against Inter Milan. During the four campaigns that our organization has played for the Brazilian left-back has played 180 matches proclaimed champion of Liga, Copa del Rey, UEFA Europa League and one European Super Cup against Chelsea.
From the club we wish him luck in his new assignment.
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Filipe Luis becomes the second player Chelsea have signed from Atletico Madrid this summer and he is yet another example of the Blues’ “if you can’t beat them, buy them” policy. He will battle Cesar Azpilicueta for the left back position or will become the starter to allow the Spaniard to return to his natural position of right back.
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