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Filipe Luis set for Chelsea exit with a Madrid return mooted

| 09.02.2015

After a weekend in which Jose Mourinho described one of his full-backs as up there with the best ever Chelsea signings, it appears the Portuguese gaffer is faced with losing another in the summer.

The Blues boss hailed Branislav Ivanovic’s goal (one tipped right here at Ladbrokes News) as one “every striker in the world would be proud of”, and agreed that the Avram Grant signing represented one of the clubs best ever buys.

But it is looking increasingly likely that the ‘Special One’ will need to do some wheeling and dealing of his own to secure competition for the Serb, with Filipe Luis reportedly angling for an exit.

Spanish news site as.com says that the Brazilian has told former team-mate Miranda that he wants a return to Atletico Madrid at the end of the season.

Ironically it was rumoured to be Miranda himself that convinced the 29-year-old to follow Diego Costa from the Vicente Calderon to Stamford Bridge.

And while Ivanovic’s move to west London was a striking success, Luis’ switch to the British capital has been less explosive.

A £15.8m transfer fee left the defender with a lot to do to justify his hefty price tag, and with just five Premier League starts has been given little opportunity to adorn himself to the Stamford Bridge faithful.

However, in the matches he has featured, he has shown glimpses of the talent La Liga fans were used to witnessing.

But it appears that enough is enough for the former Deportivo man and the Spanish press are content that a return to Madrid is on the cards.

He still has work to do in west London in the meantime with the Pensioners looking to continue to march towards the Premier League title, with a visit of Everton up next.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.