Chelsea sign Felipe Luis but will he get a game for the Blues?
Felipe Luis arrives from Atletico Madrid, although Cesar Azpilicueta and Branislav Ivanovic will take some shifting
July 16th, 2014
Chelsea have bolstered their defensive options by today signing Felipe Luis, who follows Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid although the 28-year-old might face a struggle to get into the first team.
Filipe Luis joined Atleti from Deportiva La Coruna in 2010 and has made 98 appearances in all competitions for the Madrid side, winning the Europa League in 2012 and the Copa del Rey in 2013 before becoming a league champion.
However, while he’s a natural left-back who replaced Ashley Cole in the squad, it’s worth bearing in mind that Cesar Azpilicueta kept Cole out of the team last season and it’s hard to see Branislav Ivanovic being dropped from the right-back position.
Jose Mourinho has already recruited Costa and Cesc Fabregas to Stamford Bridge this summer, with the latter expected to form competition for places in the attacking trident behind Costa.
“I’m really pleased to sign for Chelsea” said Costa. “Everybody knows that it’s a big club in a competitive league and I’m really excited to get started and to play in England with a fantastic coach and great team-mates.
“I played against Chelsea last season and I know the quality of the squad,” said the 25-year-old.
“I would also like to thank everybody at Atlético, the team that made me the player I am today. I had some incredible times there but now is a new adventure and I want to win a lot of trophies with Chelsea.”