Tuesday 12 November 2019

Atletico want to take back Chelsea's Luis

Filipe Luis
Filipe Luis

Matt Law

Filipe Luis could be offered a quick return to Atletico Madrid with the Spanish club monitoring his situation at Chelsea.

Left-back Luis joined Chelsea for £16million from Atletico last summer, but has struggled to displace Cesar Azpilicueta in Jose Mourinho's first-choice team.

Despite the fact Luis has made 22 appearances for Chelsea this season, Mourinho has stuck with Azpilicueta for his side's biggest games and during the most vital periods of the season. Luis has only played 11 times in the Premier League.

Chelsea last month rejected stories from Spain that Luis is unhappy at the club, but it is understood Atletico are interested in taking the 29-year-old back to the Vicente Calderon.

Mourinho is looking to strengthen his defence in the summer, rather than further reduce his options, and may feel that Luis will improve following a season of adaptation in England and at Chelsea.

Atletico's hopes of landing Luis, who won La Liga the Copa del Rey and the Europa League during four seasons at the club, may rest on whether or not the Brazilian tells Mourinho that he would like to return to Spain.

Meanwhile, Gary Cahill has admitted he and his Chelsea team-mates are feeling the pressure in their bid to wrap up the league title and need a convincing win to get back to their best. Chelsea missed the chance to open an eight-point gap on Manchester City by drawing 1-1 with Southampton.

"We are desperate - desperate is not the right word - we are looking for the next convincing win, next win to get us back up and running," said Cahill. "It's not the end of the world. Manchester City dropped points and we picked up another point.

"The goal difference is good, so it's far from the end of the world. But we are looking for the next result. Obviously, there was disappointment in the week. It's hard to gather momentum coming into a game when it was disappointing just a few days ago, but I'm sure we will kick on.

"It's a massive opportunity for this season, everybody knows. Ten games left to go and we are in a fantastic position, and we need to bear that in mind."(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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