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Chelsea New-boy Thibaut Courtois To Go Out On Loan At Atletico Madrid

Ambuj Gupta
1.36K   //    21 Jul 2011, 23:42 IST

Chelsea‘s latest signing, 19 year old Belgian goalkeeper, is all set to go out on loan soon after completing his move to Stamford Bridge. The Blues have already finalized the transfer fee with Courtois’ club Genk and the player has already passed his medical but is yet to agree personal terms over his move.

One Eye On The Future…

Manager Andre Villas-Boas understands that in the presence of veterans Petr Cech and Hillario, chances of first team football for the youngster at Stamford Bridge are sleek. And with Atletico Madrid in market to find a replacement for David De Gea, the La Liga club will provide more match experience to the youngster.

Speaking to SkySports about his future, Courtois said:

“It is better for me to go to Atletico, I can learn more in Spain than in Belgium.”

The player realizes that even at Atletico, he will have to face stiff competition from Sergio Asenjo for a post between the posts.

“I’ll have to fight for my place, but that is life at the top. The easiest option for me would have been to stay at Genk.

“I could be loaned out for a second or even third season before becoming part of Chelsea’s first-team squad.”

Although he is still not officially a Chelsea player, Courtois revealed how he has already been welcomed into the fold by some of the club’s senior players. He said:

“I was already presented to the players, Lampard and Terry immediately talked to me, and Drogba said he saw on TV how I celebrated the title with Genk, and goalkeeper Petr Cech and I exchanged a few words.”

Ambuj Gupta
General-Male-Engineer (If you fit the combo too, you will realize your misfortune once you appear for CAT). Well, been associated with Keeda off and on for more than 3 years now. Write football stuff. Manchester United, Netherlands.
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