Chelsea Youngster Looking Forward To Madrid Switch
Teenage stopper Thibaut Courtois is looking forward to his season-long loan to Atletico Madrid. After being signed by Chelsea last week, the 19-year old was immediately loaned out and is ready to embrace the challenge of La Liga.
“I’m very excited. I have to work very hard to show that I’m capable of winning the trust of the coach.
“On a personal level I want to grow here. I’m know it won’t be easy. There is a lot of competition for the goalkeeper’s position and I must give my best to prove myself.”
Regarding his future, the 6ft 6in teenager said:
“I would like to stay here. I want to focus on having a good season and then it would be great to stay two or three years here.”
The former Racing Genk stopper is ready to complete with Sergio Asenjo and Joel for a starting berth at the Vicente Calderon.
“Joel and Asenjo are two great goalkeepers. Atletico Madrid are a big team and they have to have the goalkeepers position well covered. Having competition in goal is good because it makes everyone one of us give their best,” Courtois told Atletico’s official website.
“The club have given me this number. It carries a lot of weight because it’s the number that the previous goalkeeper wore. I only hope to be at that level.”
“I’ve always had two role models in my career. One is (Iker) Casillas and the other is (Edwin) Van der Sar. I think that I have a style similar to his. Now I want to focus on my work and fight to win things with this club.”
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