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?