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Filipe Luis looking to fulfill 'spectacular' ambitions at Chelsea

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Stuart Franklin

Filipe Luis's first words after Chelsea announced that they've reached an agreement for the 28-year-old left back's transfer with Atletico Madrid strike all the right notes.

"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."

"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."

-Filipe Luis; source: Mail

Technically, personal terms must still be agreed, but if those words are coming from the heart rather than the script book, then they should be just a formality.

It also sounds like he's got the winning attitude needed to achieve our goals for this season and beyond.

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

-Filipe Luis; source: Mail

No doubt Mourinho smiled when he heard those words.  You've come to the right place, Filipe.

NB. The transfer fee reported in the Mail's story is £20m but everything up to this point has been talked about as "rising to £20m," and I don't see why we would've changed our stance on that.  In any case, should we indeed fulfill all his and our ambitions, those extra bonuses to round up the fee to £20m will be chump change.