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Filipe Luis denies Flamengo talks as Atleti contract runs down

By William Eldridge

Published: 16:51, 5 April 2019

Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis has denied he is in talks with Flamengo and insists he wants to stay with the La Liga club.

The defender’s contract expires at the end of the season with the former Chelsea man yet to pen a new deal to stay with Atletico.

Is Luis set to leave Atleti? Five things you need to know…

  1. Filipe Luis re-joined Atletico in 2015 after a short stint in the Premier League with Chelsea.
  2. In total, Luis has made 325 appearances for the Spanish giants, scoring 12 goals.
  3. This season, the Brazilian has featured fairly regularly and has 19 La Liga appearances to his name.
  4. However, the 33-year-old is coming to the end of his current contract and is yet to agree upon a new deal.
  5. Rumours have suggested that Flamengo are interested in signing the left-back.

Reports have suggested that Luis has already had discussions with the Brazilian outfit regarding his future beyond the end of the 2018/19 campaign with Atletico.

However, Luis has spoken to reporters and insists that his priority is to stay at Atletico.

He said: “There is a contract in place with Atletico and my idea is to renew that agreement.”

Although Luis is keen on staying in Spain, the left-back has admitted that he hasn’t completely shut the door on a potential exit but insists he hasn’t heard anything from Flamengo regarding a potential transfer.

He continued: “But I have not closed doors to any other options, I am open to listening to offers from elsewhere if clubs are interest in me, but I have not heard from Flamengo.”

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Chelsea fans, remember Luis?

With a total of 38 caps for his country, Luis has established himself as one of the best left-backs in Europe throughout the majority of his career. One La Liga triumph, two Europa League successes and other honours to boot, Luis has enjoyed a decorative life in football.

The Brazilian moved to Chelsea in 2014 for a transfer fee of £15.8 million with the Stamford Bridge crowd expecting the Atletico defender to produce the goods.

In truth, he wasn’t given a fantastic opportunity to do that but was part of a Chelsea squad who won both the Premier League and EFL Cup in the 2014/15 season.

After one season, he was shipped back to Spain with a league and cup title to his name.

Far from a fan favourite at Chelsea but not a waste of space, Luis always seemed happiest when in Spain.

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