Courtois: “I could go to Atlético”

Belgian teenager confirms he could join Atleti on loan

New Chelsea 'keeper Thibaut Courtois(Str/AFP/Getty Images)

New Chelsea 'keeper Thibaut Courtois
(Str/AFP/Getty Images)

On Saturday, Chelsea announced the €9 million transfer of Thibaut Courtois, who has already passed his medical and signed a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

In London, the 19-year old faces stiff competition from Petr Cech, which is why the Blues are looking to send him on loan.

Atleti is rumoured to be among the youngster’s possible destinations.

In an interview given to the Belgian media, Courtois confirmed that he might join Atlético on a one-year loan. In June, the club already showed interest in the shot stopper, and sporting director José Luis Caminero reportedly traveled to Belgium in order to inquire about him.

His former club Genk hoped to hold on to the ‘keeper for one more season, but Thibaut himself prefers to play in la Liga.

“It’s better for me,” he said. “I could have chosen the easiest option and stayed in Belgium, but this was an opportunity I could not resist.”

Courtois added, “Atlético will yet be another world and I will have to do my best to make it on the first team. That’s how it works at the top. I can learn more in Spain than in Belgium.”

The goalie will be fairly unknown to most Atlético supporters, but in Belgium he’s compared to Edwin van der Sar and the man he could come to replace, David de Gea.

Nothing is official regarding his loan to Atlético though. Caminero told the press earlier we wouldn’t
need a new goalie, given that we already have two solid keepers in Joel and Asenjo.

The decision to move for another goalkeeper will likely depend on Asenjo’s recovery from his knee ligament surgery.

Do you think taking Courtois on loan would be a smart move for Atleti?

  • Derek Maaijen

    Thank you so much for covering the news, Gert! It’s great seeing people from all over the world write about Atleti.

    I really can’t say anything about Courtois’ qualities, but I’m opposed to the idea of Atleti loaning young talented players, only to give them back to their owners later. We’re no feeder club. I still hope Asenjo will be fit in time for the new season!

  • Davide

    So now we are going to be Chelseas developement centre and make their younger players ready for first team football? Specially with Joel and Asenjo in the books this is highly annoying.

  • Roni

    Agree with Davide, cant see a point to this deal at all. This will only prevent Joel/Asenjo to develop further.

  • starvs
  • javi

    hahaha starvs thats is funny shit.
    I agree with all you guys, we already have two great goalies that need to be developed, I cannot see how this kid can come in without us loosing one of our two future stars.

  • Chalet

    Gert //

    Thanks a lot for the article and for starting this thread!

    I am with all of you guys. I want us to stick with Joel and Asenjo and maybe bring in an experienced keeper as backup – just in case…

  • Davide


    That picture, i don’t get it? Are we trying to get Park Ji-Sung from United by sending him two escort girls? I think Gil has gone to far this time.

  • Gert

    I wonder in what way he would be signed as a starting goalkeeper. I thought that Caminero and the rest at Atleti were happy with both our current keepers…
    I don’t think we would need him, but it would be a good thing to promote Atleti in Belgium!

  • Raed

    Asenjo and Joel, thats enough !!

  • Flo

    Don’t want to train Chelseas Goalkeeper for free… 🙁

  • Sam

    I agree with Flo’s perspective. On Fox Soccer, they made it sound like such a done deal.

    I vote Joel.