Despite reportedly having agreed terms with Getafe’s Miguel Ángel Moyà late last week, Atlético revealed on Tuesday that, instead, another seasoned goalkeeper will be serving as backup to starter Thibaut Courtois.
Former Deportivo man Dani Aranzubia, who passed his Rojiblanco medical Tuesday morning, agreed to a one-year contract with Atleti, the club’s official website announced.
The Spaniard joins as a free agent.
“I’m very happy for having arrived at a club as big as this one,” Aranzubia told reporters waiting outside the Majadahonda FREMAP hospital.
“I’m thrilled and I’m eager to get to work. I haven’t spoken to ‘Cholo’ yet. I’ve only talked to the doctors. I hope to start training as soon as possible.”
The 33-year-old held the dubious distinction of being the goalkeeper to concede the most goals in La Liga in the previous campaign, one that saw his Depor head straight back to Segunda a year after having achieved promotion back to the Spanish top flight.
He’ll certainly face stiff competition from Courtois, last season’s Zamora Trophy winner.
“I’m aware that Atlético have a great goalkeeper, but I’m here to do my work, compete, and help the team do things well,” he said.
Aranzubia, famously the only keeper to have ever scored a goal from open play in Primera, will be presented on Thursday, according to AS.