Brazilian left back Filipe Luís says its his dream to finish his career at Atlético Madrid, in an exclusive interview with THE TURF.
Since signing for Atlético as a youngster in 2010, Luís now has a La Liga title to his name. The 30 year pledged his allegiance to manager Diego Simeone, hoping to finish his career with ‘Los Colchoneros’.
“Its what I want. I want to finish my contract and play more years,” said Luís.
“My dream is finishing at Atlético because it’s the club I love, the club I feel at home.”
Before moving to Chelsea in 2014, Luís perfected his craft under Simeone, who made him feel at home. Regarded as one of the most passionate managers in the world, Simeone has single-handedly transformed Atléti into a Spanish force.
In an era so highly dominated by Spanish rivals Real Madrid and F.C Barcelona, Simeone has drilled belief into his players. The Argentine broke a decade of Spanish rule by Real and Barca, bringing the La Liga title home in 2014.
Luís has been at the core of Simeone’s development at Atletico, and described their unbreakable bond that has developed over the years.
“He is more than a manager, he is a friend,” explained Luís.
“We played together [under Simeone] for more than four years. I know him really really well. I know what he wants and he knows what I can do for him.”
“He brings out the best of me.”
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE REDEMPTION
The healing process has been a slow one for Atlético, who are still recovering from not one, but two Champions League Final losses to cross-town rivals Real Madrid.
Fan favourite Fernando Torres told THE TURF in a recent interview that winning the CL is the dream for Atletico. Luis is no different.
We want to do better than last year and why not dream of that?” Luis said.
Despite leaving for Chelsea in 2014 and winning a Premier League title, Luís’ heart remained elsewhere. His love for Atlético saw him return only a year later, with high hopes to finish his career at Madrid.
“For the first time in my life and my career, I play in a club I really love,” said Luís.
“A club I feel comfortable to play. I feel free to do anything I want inside the pitch. At Chelsea I had a good season but I feel that I wasn’t home. Now I’m back.”
“We never know whats going to happen in our life, but if you ask me today I certainly want to finish at Atletico.”