As the pre season starts to crank up, Chelsea have already been very busy in finding clubs for the players who will need to spend time elsewhere to develop as players and to get the game time they need to make a name for themselves. Already, we have seen eight players take that step with quite a few more to follow i am sure.
It is not just academy trained players that are making loan moves; in something that is becoming a very common sight at Chelsea, there are also players signed for the first team whom we loan out to give them game time and players who need games as their first team prospects have stumbled, and we have already seen two of such loans materialise.
At only 21 years of age, Courtois has already made quite a name for himself. Having officially signed for Chelsea in July of 2011, he was immediately sent on loan to La Liga club Athetico Madrid for the 2011/12 season and also the 2012/13 season where he has played for Atletico as first choice keeper in La Liga and also the Europa League where he picked up a winner’s medal and last season in the Champions League too.
He also, of course, picked up a Super Cup medal having played against Chelsea. Already having accumulated an impressive 74 games in Spain, he is once again returning to Atletico for another season, likely to be his last before returning to Chelsea to challenge Petr Cech for the number 1 spot.