Courtois: “I hope to keep it up”

Thibaut Courtois officially presented at the Vicente Calderón today

Thibaut Courtois (twitter.com/ATM_es)

Thibaut Courtois (twitter.com/ATM_es)

Last week we announced Thibaut Courtois’ move to Madrid and on Tuesday he was officially presented.

It took a bit longer than he claimed himself, but today at 1PM the Belgian goalkeeper was unveiled at the Vicente Calderón with legendary former Atlético goalkeeper Pepe Navarro and Clemente Villaverde at his side.

Courtois has shown great ambition as he compares himself to the likes of Van der Sar and Casillas. According to the ‘keeper, his strong points are his reflexes and one on one situations.

During the press conference Thibaut said: “Madrid is a lovely city and the team supports me. I feel very comfortable during the training sessions. I have come to a great club and I have to work hard now to win the trainer’s confidence.”

When asked about his competition with Joel and Asenjo, he replied with confidence: “They are two great goalkeepers, and that’s what important for a big club as Atlético Madrid. I will give my best to get the job to defend the goal, but I know it won’t be easy with Joel and Asenjo.”

Courtois also gave away the club’s objectives for the upcoming season.

“Atlético Madrid needs to finish among the first four. I’m very happy to have come to this team and I will try my utter best to prove my value and stay here for three or four years.

“The stadium hold as much as 55000 spectators, but  the pressure won’t affect me. It’s something that will make me play better”, he added.

Do you think he’ll be the first choice goalkeeper for Atleti this season or will Manzano pick one of our Spanish goalies to start between the sticks?


  • leofranco

    I hope he fails and Joel or asenjo make a break out season and stays in the club until they are 40 years old.

  • Chalet

    With the blue brand ‘REAL’ written all over his white gloves I don´t think that we should trust him… 😉

    I know it´s a gamble because of Asenjo being injury-prone but first of all I would stick with Joel and put Courtois on #3.

  • starvs

    Do we have a buyout option on this loan or not?

  • urban

    It’s sad to watch how our club gets depreciated and degenerated, top class players and most talented youngsters want to leave, and now we are becoming feeder club for the big sharks… our board not only lacks decency and common sense, butalso ambition and pride

  • sam

    I’m wondering the same as Starvs. I haven’t heard anything about one, which leads me to believe its not a terrific deal, training Courtois while delaying the development of our own talents.

  • Andres

    Courtois is hoping to stay for three or four years so it’s like having our own GK, we won’t just get any tranfer fee for him. You can also say we trained De Gea for ManU, it’s nearly the same thing, now we are just doing it for Chelsea.

    Joel is not ready yet to be no.1 in a club like Atletico, first he needs to get some experince, play some matches as no.2. Last season he made what, like 3 apps? You can’t just put him in the net and rely on him in tough matches whole season.

    Asejno is a uncertainty after those two major injuries, no one can rely on him, we don’t know in what form, he’ll come back. He has to make small steps, get his confidence back, start in easier matches and prove himself.

    So I’d maybe prefer an old experienced GK, who would be proven and also could be mentor to our younger porteros, but I have no problem with this loan either.

    And regarding to the buyout option. I doubt there is any. Chelsea is counting on Courtois as a successor of Petr Cech and now they are just waiting when he will start to get worse. It could be a year, it could be four years…

  • Andres

    Courtois is hoping to stay for three or four years so it’s like having our own GK, we won’t just get any tranfer fee for him. You can also say we trained De Gea for ManU, it’s nearly the same thing, now we are just doing it for Chelsea.

    Joel is not ready yet to be no.1 in a club like Atletico, first he needs to get some experince, play some matches as no.2. Last season he made what, like 3 apps? You can’t just put him in the net and rely on him in tough matches whole season.

    Asejno is a uncertainty after those two major injuries, no one can rely on him, we don’t know in what form, he’ll come back. He has to make small steps, get his confidence back, start in easier matches and prove himself.

    So I’d maybe prefer an old experienced GK, who would be proven and also could be mentor to our younger porteros, but I have no problem with this loan either.

    And regarding to the buyout option. I doubt there is any. Chelsea is counting on Courtois as a successor of Petr Cech and now they are just waiting when he will start to get worse. It could be a year, it could be four years…

  • Andres

    oh, sorry for that double post

  • sam

    Good points Andres, how fortunate we are to have such seen such great young goalkeeping talent, yet how miserable its been in a feeder role.

    After watching some video, I think Courtois will do well in a starting role at Atleti, PROVIDED Perea is not on the pitch. I’d like Courtois to work on holding onto the ball more, because a lot of his saves seem to rebound out into the box again, where there is a lucky Genk defender, no doubt with more talent than Perea, to boot it out.

  • Flo

    Atleast we got 20 mill for de Gea…

  • Yon

    He also says he loves Casillas, defo a dodgy guy!