Former Chelsea left-back Filipe Luis has revealed how a drinking problem threatened to scupper his footballing career, report the Express.
Luis joined Chelsea in the summer of 2014, for what the Express report to be a £16M fee. At the time of his arrival, he was considered among the best full-backs on the planet after a stellar spell with Atletico Madrid. However, he struggled to replicate his best form in a Chelsea shirt, and was subsequently sold just one year later.
The reasons behind his struggles in SW6 are unclear, but Luis has admitted he has had some troubled periods during his career. The Brazilian is quoted by the Express revealing that he once battled with alcohol abuse, but was brought back onto the straight and narrow by his father:
“I had my moments of going out and drinking more than I should have. Luckily, my father brought me back on track.”
Luis went on to add that he doesn’t consider himself anything like a hard worker, which could be why he failed to succeed under the stewardship of Jose Mourinho, as the Express report:
“I’m very lucky because, to quote, ‘I don’t work very hard’. There’s lots of pressure but few hours and I’m well paid.”