Atlético goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, on loan from Chelsea for one season, has been one of the club’s most consistent players so far.
He’s done so well in fact, that Rojiblanco officials are already negotiating a one-year extension of his loan deal so that he can remain at the Vicente Calderón through the summer of 2013, AS reports.
One of the possible conditions that Chelsea could impose on Atleti in order to agree to an extension of the 19-year-old’s stay, is that he start every game.
Upon Courtois’ arrival, some fans suspected the starting job requirement had already been a prerequisite for the initial deal.
Despite confessing not too long ago that he prefers the Premiere League over La Liga, Thibaut would apparently be open to sticking around at Atlético for another year.
“Before Chelsea bought me, Atleti wanted me,” Courtois told Spanish radio station Onda Cero earlier in the week.
“I really like Atlético. Right now, it’s only one year but if they want me for a second year and that’s okay with Chelsea then that’s fine, it’s possible.”
Thibaut continued: “Chelsea talked to me about playing for a team like Atlético for two years. Later, one year at a club in England, like Fulham or Tottenham, so that I can adapt to a league like the English one.
“Then, in the fourth year, I’d be expected to go to Chelsea.”
The uncertainty about his future aside, the youngster did make one thing clear.
“I will never play for Real Madrid,” he said.
Should Courtois stick around for an additional campaign, he would continue to block the development of Atlético youth system product Joel, who has played second fiddle between the sticks for two straight seasons.
The Belgian also stands in the way of a Sergio Asenjo comeback.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if either one, Joel or Asenjo, leaves on loan in the upcoming transfer window.
Do you think we should sign Courtois for another year, or is it time to finally give Joel or Asenjo a chance? While Courtois is the best option in goal at the moment, is it wise to develop another club’s future ‘keeper while sacrificing the development of your own?