Atlético continued efforts to trim their squad this week, with more loan deals having been confirmed on Monday and Tuesday.
Newly-promoted Villarreal will make their return to Primera action with Sergio Asenjo between the sticks, while Atleti cantera jewel Saúl Ñíguez has already suited up for our neighbours Rayo Vallecano just a day after a one-year loan agreement between the two clubs had been reached for the midfielder.
The Yellow Submarine will take Asenjo on for one season with an option to purchase the goalie upon the conclusion of the upcoming campaign. The 24-year-old is expected to nab the starting job following several seasons of obscurity at Atleti that resulted from poor play, injuries and stiff competition.
The former Valladolid man was spotted bidding teammates farewell in street clothes at the Cerro del Espino training facility Tuesday by AS.
According to the Spanish paper, several goalkeepers are being looked at by Rojiblanco front office personnel to serve as Thibaut Courtois’ backup in 2013/14: Andrés (Osasuna), Moyá (Getafe) and Aranzubía (Deportivo).
Meanwhile, youth academy starlets Óliver and Manquillo were handed their first team squad numbers on Tuesday — No. 16 and No. 17, respectively –a sign that they aren’t expected to be shown the door anytime soon.