Simeone Wants Filipe Luis To Stay Amid PSG Interest


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Ahead of the season’s opening game trip to Valencia, Diego Simeone made it clear he wants Brazilian full-back Filipe Luis to stay at Atletico Madrid, claims ESPN.

Spanish newspaper Marca claims the 33-year-old asked Atleti to accept an offer from French champions Paris St-Germain. Luis is said to be upset about his omission from the starting line-up for the European Super Cup win over Real Madrid.

Simeone, a vocal supporter of the Premier League decision to close the transfer window before the league starts, is keen to keep hold of his experienced defender:

“All I can say about Filipe Luis is that the player knows how much we love him and how important he is for us,” he said.

“Tomorrow he will play and I’m only thinking about tomorrow’s game and how important it is. I always want the best for the players who have given us so much and obviously I don’t want Filipe to leave.”

Luis joined Atletico in 2010, making over 300 appearances for last season’s La Liga runners-up. An unsuccessful season with Chelsea in the Premier League saw him return to the Spanish capital at the first opportunity where he has been almost ever-present since.

Last season was cut short when he broke his leg during the Europa League Round of Sixteen tie with Lokomotiv Moscow. Two months later, he returned and was a member of Brazil’s squad at this summer’s World Cup finals.