Filipe Luis reveals Manchester City talks before move to Flamengo

Filipe Luis

Former Atletico Madrid (opens in new tab) left-back Filipe Luis held talks with Manchester City (opens in new tab) before joining Flamengo this summer.

The Brazil international returned to his homeland after his Atletico contract expired at the end of June.

However, the ex-Chelsea (opens in new tab) defender could have ended up at Manchester City having held discussions with the Premier League champions about a move to the Etihad Stadium.

“At the end I had three or four proposals in hand, and then you have to choose,” Luis told Globo Esporte (opens in new tab).

“I closed some important doors, like Borussia Dortmund (opens in new tab), which was a very good offer but I didn’t feel it in my heart.

“From January until March I had [talks with] Manchester City, but it didn't work out. There were offers from Turkey, China and a number of countries that called, but none of them filled the heart at that time.”

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Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).