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Luis wants Chelsea to take him out of comfort zone

ESPN staff
July 17, 2014
Filipe Luis is expected to complete a move to Chelsea this week © Getty Images

Filipe Luis has claimed he has always been a fan of Chelsea ahead of his expected move to Stamford Bridge.

Atletico Madrid's Luis, who has been at the Spanish champions since 2010, said he never imagined leaving Atletico until Chelsea made an offer for him.

Chelsea have agreed a £20 million fee with Atletico for Luis and defender is expected to join subject to a medical and agreeing personal terms.

"I never thought about leaving Atletico," Luis said. "But I took the decision because of the offer which came from Chelsea.

"A change of team gives new hunger and ambition, and I was worried about being too comfortable here. A footballer's career is very short and I want to finish it in a strong and spectacular way."

Luis could be playing alongside former Atletico team mates Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois next season - and he made his best efforts to endear himself to his new supporters in London.

"I have always liked Chelsea a lot. I watch a lot of the Premier League and it is a club where you can feel the warmth of the fans,' said Luis, who has been capped four times by Brazil.

"When we played there in the Champions League I felt comfortable in their stadium and when the offer came I thought it was the ideal team for me to play for in England."

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