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Filipe Luis: "Thank you to the amazing Chelsea Supporters".

Chelsea Football Club confirmed the departure of Filipe Luis this week and he has written a message to the Chelsea and Atletico fans ahea...


Chelsea Football Club confirmed the departure of Filipe Luis this week and he has written a message to the Chelsea and Atletico fans ahead of the new season.

"I really want to thank Chelsea Football Club for an amazing year playing and living as one of the Blues.

Thank you to all the fantastic supporters, to my teammates and to the coach and his team. At the same, I would like to thank Atletico de Madrid, who put in a lot of effort to bring me back to the club.

Finally, thanks to the Atletico supporters who have shown me their love during the last year and especially these last few days.

Now I'm just thinking about joining the team and training as hard as I can to help Atletico de Madrid continue making history.

At the end of season, when the chance to return came up, I told my agent that I did not want any other option.

It was either return to Atleti or stay at Chelsea. I am very happy after one year.

It was a great experience, but it has emerged for me the chance to go home. I want my kids to see me play at Atletico."

It's always nice to hear that a player has enjoyed his time at the club despite not featuring anywhere near the amount of time he would have wanted. It could have turned sour and Luis could have spoken out against the manager for not playing him but he didn't and that's a true professional which I respect.

It really is a shame that he didn't come here and really take the fight to Cesar Azpilicueta last season for that regular starting spot. I guess that's why Jose Mourinho has decided to sell.

We with Filipe Luis the best for the future and good luck in the new season!

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