Atlético keep Asenjo and Courtois

Asenjo extends through 2016 while Courtois will stay another year

Atletico Madrid goalkeepers Thibaut Courtois and Sergio Asenjo

Asenjo was in Courtois' shadow this season

On Wednesday, Atlético officially released the good news that backup goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo has penned a new deal that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2016.

The news was announced by José Luis Pérez Caminero, who had previously worked with the Palencian at Real Valladolid.

Our sporting director expressed his admiration for the shotstopper, whose career hasn’t quite taken off as he would have liked since joining Atlético.

“I’ve known Sergio since he was 12 years old,” said Caminero.

“He’s still young, but he’s been through a lot. There are few 22-year-olds who have experienced the things he has.

“This last season he’s worked hard to rival Courtois for the number 1 spot, after fully recovering from his injury. He’s eager to continue fighting and we want him to do it [at Atlético].”

Asenjo has suffered two torn ACL injuries since 2010 and has been in the waiting line behind two other fine, young goalkeepers in David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois.

Joining the Colchoneros in 2009, Asenjo was hailed as one of the world’s top prospects, but so far he’s only made 17 league appearances in which he kept 3 clean sheets.

Despite his limited success, Asenjo has decided to extend his contract – which was set to run out in 2013 – by three more years; a period in which he’ll surely be given another shot to prove his worth.

In the upcoming season he will again face competition from Thibaut Courtois, who seems almost certain to stay in Madrid for a second season.

The 20-year-old spent last season on loan at Atlético and Sky Sports reports the Belgian will be allowed to continue at the Vicente Calderón, but his club Chelsea do have one condition.

Thibaut will not be allowed to play in the UEFA Super Cup on the 31st of August in Monaco, when we take on The Blues. It will be a minor setback for the youngster, who was vital to our Europa League success.

UPDATE: AS reports on Friday that Chelsea are in favour of allowing Courtois to take part in the Super Cup and that Atleti will likely pay them €500,000 to borrow Thibaut for another year–the same amount we paid this past season.

During the course of his first season at Atlético, where he quickly overcame the scepticism of many fans who weren’t keen on taking young players on loan without a purchase option, Courtois made his desire to stay another year known on multiple occasions.

  • Are you happy to take Thibaut Courtois on loan again?
  • Does Sergio Asenjo have a future with Atlético and can he challenge Courtois to be Atlético’s first choice goalkeeper?

  • JohnGreece

    Very wise choice,Courtois is familiar with our team and he will be much better than the previous season.Also,i have faith in the abilities of Asenjo,he’s a very good keeper and if he won’t suffer from any further injuries,he can challenge for the keeper’s place.Now we want a replacement for Diego,because i want to believe that Emre is not a first choice.

  • shay

    Good and Good!!!

  • Yeah very good choice although i think he should sign Amos on loan and see what he does. But Asenjo is a good keeper and Courtois……….no words can describe him. He just to good to be true. He is the BEST keeper in Spain. Valdez and Casillas are shit. Because of their defence thats why they keep so many clean sheets not because of the talent. Our defence isnt the best(Its good) but Courtois is trying his best.

  • Lubo

    Courtois has nothing to do here. He can be blamed for losing some points at the end of the season. He didn’t help in most important parts of season. He is nowhere near De Gea and Asenjo will be probably a better keeper too.
    But Chelsea will dictate the conditions of his loan again, so Asenjo won’t be given a chance. I feel sorry for him. And for Joel. I hate Chelsea, hate Courtois and hate our hopeless boardmembers who rather stick to growing talents for other clubs. That’s just pathetic.

  • Hey Lubo Asenjo would be able to play in the Super cup because Chelsea inserted a clause in Courtois’s Loan that he won’t be able to play versus Chelsea

  • So he would get a chance to play(in a match)

  • Lubo

    And then will show up the clause to play him in every single league and Europa League game when he’s fit.

  • Dircil

    I looked at the representative picture of the article and noticed that while Courtois was conceding a goal, Asenjo was standing behind him and looked so hopeless.

  • Lubo

    Okay, Courtois’ not that bad and having him under contract would be fine (but I still think Asenjo is better). I just don’t think the club that is 4th in the IFFHS world ranking (and higher than Chelsea) deserves to be a breeding farm for some Russian pullalong toy.

  • AtleticoFanInDublin

    Courtois won for us much more points than he lost for us. David Gil may be ready in a year when we need to do without Thibaut.

  • imran

    Can someone tell me when Atletico will show their new kit ?

  • imran

    By the way its good to see that Asenjo has signed a new contract.I have full belive in him.

  • Javi Lozoya

    Just found out about Manuel Preciado passing away after just a couple of hours of being announced as Villarreal new coach. It’s very said, his dad died last year and previously his son and wife passed away. I still can’t believe it. He was a great coach and a better person. May he rest in peace.

  • Javi Lozoya

    Burak Yilmaz to Lazio?, rumor says he is very close to sign with them,

  • Javi Lozoya

    I guess we’re signing Alvaro Vasquez instead, which is not bad considering the kid seems to have a bright future, plus he will be cheaper than Burak.

  • Dircil

    can u show me a video of vasquez

  • Javi Lozoya

    There’s not many videos of him, but here’s a couple, I believe youtube isn’t the best source to rate a player but it gives you a preview of that certain player,,,

  • Javi Lozoya
  • Nestor 7

    I think Courtois is one of the best young goalkeepers on the world and in the future he will be for sure one of best on world so i think is good to have him in our team. Asenjo is also good one and Joel to but Courtois is like Cech and will be even better. But i agree that Asenjo should have more chance to play this season cause last was very little. He deserve it. GO ATLETIIIII

  • Heißenberg

    In my opinion we are making a mistake. Yes, loaning a promising goalkeeper last year when Asenjo wasn’t fully fit and when Joel was without any experience in Primera made sense. Now, when Asenjo is healthy and ready to play, and when Joel played (really well) his first six months in Primera it’s unexplicable.

    And in general, loaning players without option to buy them like we did with Diego (and like we are trying to do with this Barca nonames) is just a Caminero’s way of avoiding to make any real risk. Long-term, we don’t have any use of it. Courtois will play, he will get some experience and become a world class player, make few mistakes like young players do ocasionally (this year he saved us many times but his two mistakes against Real S. and Betis was what costed us 4th spot in the end) and when he becomes a real class then comes Chelsea. And then we will still have the same problem with the keepers like we did two years ago, only now two talented keeprs we had then got ruined by two years of sitting on the bench.

    We should believe in Asenjo, he deserved it. He has been so patient, had a lot of bad luck and this should be he’s year. I would also bring back Roberto who has been one of the best goalkeepers in La liga last season. Between those two I would look for Atleti’s number one for next 7-8 years.