Thibaut Courtois confirmed in an interview with TV Limburg that he is joining Atlético Madrid on loan.
The 19-year old goalkeeper is currently on the way to Madrid and will be presented on Friday. Neither Chelsea, who signed the youngster for €9m last week, nor Atlético have officially announced the temporary transfer.
The Belgian teenager admitted that interest shown in him by Caminero in the weeks before his transfer to Chelsea were key in his decision to move to Atleti.
“[Atlético] made an attempt to sign me and from the attention shown it was clear that they have a lot of faith in me,” Courtois said.
“I believe I’ll be well-received by the club which will help me to settle in okay. I had various options. I could’ve chosen to stay at Genk, but I decided to move to Madrid.”
The teen sensation leaves his former club in controversial fashion. He forced his way out by not turning up for a club organised fan event and refused to play a friendly against Olympique Lyon, which made Genk decide to sell their ‘keeper.
“It’s a week before Genk’s first European game and I feel like I’m abandoning the club,” he said.
“We had to force the transfer a little, which is a shame because I played here for 11 years and spent more time at the club than with my own family.”
He continued: “I’ve already said goodbye to my team-mates and the coaching staff on Tuesday. I hope to be able to return and say farewell to the fans as well.
“Genk have great fans who have supported me from day one, and I hope to be able to thank them.”
Courtois will become Atleti’s sixth signing of the season. At this moment the details of the loan are unknown, but it is believed the goalie will join us for two seasons. The deal possibly includes a fine for every time Courtois does not start for Atlético.