Atlético goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, whose loan extension from Chelsea was recently confirmed by both clubs, told Spanish paper AS on Saturday that he is looking forward to taking on his parent club in the upcoming UEFA Super Cup, “a special match,” he said.
“Right now, I’m closer to Atleti than to Chelsea and I want to win”, he said.
The Belgian international explained how he was responsible for preventing a clause from being included by the Blues in his loan contract that would keep him from taking part in the battle between the Champions League and Europa League-title holders.
“There were problems in ensuring I could play, but I told Chelsea and my agent I wanted to because you don’t get many chances to play in a European Super Cup,” he said.
“I’m happy I’ve managed it”.
The 20-year-old continued: “It’s an important match for the club and for me. I want to win because I’m now with Atlético, although I respect Chelsea because they are still my club.”
Looking ahead to the 2012/13 campaign with los Rojiblancos, Thibaut said: “I’m happy to spend another season at Atlético. There are now three keepers in the squad with Joel and Asenjo. We’re in preseason and we need to prepare well”.
The ‘keeper, who in his first season in Spain last year was second only to Barcelona’s Victor Valdés in shutouts in La Liga play, admitted to being somewhat of a social network junkie – a fact that made it easier for him to decide to stick around in Madrid for another term.
“For me it was easy because I wanted to stay here, but I can imagine that for the clubs it would be harder,” he said.
“Looking at Twitter and Facebook I saw that people wanted me to stay. It’s a beautiful thing when the fans love you.”
Courtois then gave his opinion on Atleti’s summer signings.
“Emre has a lot of quality,” he said.
“‘Cata’ [Díaz] is a strong defender and a fine signing. ‘Cebolla’ [Rodríguez] is a technical player. We’ve got a good squad to face up to three competitions”.
On our objectives for next season, Courtois said: “[We have to] get as high up the league table as possible, to be amongst the top four. In Europe it would be fantastic to keep winning and reach the final again. And we’ll go far in the cup.”
Finally, the youngster spoke of Atleti legend Fernando Torres, who in all likelihood will also be participating in the Super Cup–against his boyhood club.
“I hope he doesn’t put one past me,” said Courtois.
“I think it’s going to be a strange game for him as well.”