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EXCLUSIVE: Filipe Luis proud of Chelsea stay but Atletico Madrid is home

Filipe Luis does not believe his short-lived move to Chelsea was a disappointment.

The 30-year-old Brazilian defender spent the 2014/15 season with the Blues after joining from Atletico Madrid in a £16million deal with some critics suggesting his transfer was a failure.

While Filipe played just 15 times in the Premier League for Jose Mourinho, including nine starts, he feels he played a key role in helping the West London club take out the 2015 English premiership as well as the Capital One Cup (although he was an unused sub in the final).

Chelsea won their fifth league title with help from Filipe, who also appeared five times in the Champions League, five times in the League Cup and once in the FA Cup, in what the politely spoken left-back describes as a successful one-season spell in England.

"I think it worked. I was champion there, I played a lot of games," he told Tribalfootball.

"I was important, I did my part, I played some really good games there."

However, Filipe departed Chelsea just over a year later for an emotional homecoming in the form of a return to his beloved Atleti which he admits he could not overlook.

He added: "But it (Chelsea) wasn't my home. I really fell like I needed to come back and be home again.

"I wanted to play with my heart for the team I love and finally, for the first time in my career, I now play where I want to play. Where I feel happy, where I feel confident to play and I feel free to do anything I want inside the pitch.

"That's why this is the perfect place for me."

Asked if the Vicente Calderon will remain his home until the end of his playing days, the former Deportivo La Coruña man gave a resounding answer.

"For sure. My plans are to retire with Atletico," he added further.

"I have three more years on my contract so if I'm still good physically and still doing a good job, I want to stay longer.

"Atletico will be my last club for sure."

Filipe has spent a total of five seasons with Los Colchoneros, winning the 2014 La Liga title, 2013 Copa del Rey, 2012 Europa League, 2010 and 2012 UEFA Super Cups and runners-up in both the 2014 and 2016 Champions League.

He has made a total of 225 appearances in all competitions for Atletico.

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