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?