Villa will be an instant hit at Atletico, says Luis

The Brazilian defender feels the Spain international is the perfect replacement for Radamel Falcao and is determined for the club to build on last season's success

Atletico Madrid full-back Filipe Luis has voiced his delight at the arrival of David Villa from Barcelona ahead of the 2013-14 campaign.

The 31-year-old joined Atletico for an initial transfer fee of €2.1 million, potentially rising to €5.1m if he sees out his three-year deal, and Luis is confident Villa still has plenty to offer as a replacement for Radamel Falcao, who left the club for Monaco.

"I think he's a great signing, and the correct choice, not just because of everything he represents for Spanish football, but because he won't need to adapt, he scores 15 or 20 goals a season," the defender told reporters.

"He has been scoring goals in this league for many years now and, most importantly, he still has that hunger, which is what this team needs if we are to keep growing and competing.

"Of course Falcao and Villa are different players. Villa plays all over the pitch and is very good at finding space.

"Last year Diego Costa played that way and it worked very well for us. I'm sure he'll come here determined to succeed."

Atletico enjoyed a stellar campaign last season, lifting the Copa del Rey in Madrid after clinching third spot in La Liga, and Luis is confident the side can be even more successful in 2013-14.

"This team can keep growing and can give even more," he continued. "I won't place any limits on the team or myself.

"We're going to grow, the team and I are both going to try even harder it wouldn't surprise me if we improved on what we achieved last season."

Atletico kick off the new season with the two-legged Supercopa de Espana tie against Barcelona.