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?