Former Atletico Madrid left the Spanish La Liga tournament this summer to join Flamengo in his native Brazil.
Filipe Luis has played for some of the biggest teams in the world.
He played for Atletico Madrid in Spain and Chelsea in England, and now he’s back in his native Brazil with Flamengo.
“Everything has been made easy for me because this team has a high level,” he told Marca.
“There are a lot of high-quality players and I already knew some of my teammates.”
“We have a European coach, but what has cost me the most has been having to leave Madrid,” he added.
“I’m surprised by the intensity of the training here. Things aren’t as orderly as in Europe, but individually there’s a good group of players here.”
He explained how he signed for Flamengo: “It was long ago because I knew I’d be free.”
“I said I’d make the decision after the Copa America and I had a decision with Atleti so we could decide together and I let time pass.”
“Some clubs withdrew their offers for me, but Flamengo waited until the end,” he commented.
“They showed the most interest and affection. They wrote to me despite not knowing me yet and I’d dreamt of playing in Brazil since I was a child.”
“Not everyone understands the greatness of this club, but when I travel 200 meters to bring my children to school, there’s not one person who doesn’t speak to me.
— Flamengo (@Flamengo_en) April 15, 2019