Courtois: first Belgian at Atletico Madrid

13:17, July 24, 2011      

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Atletico Madrid have confirmed a deal to take young goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on loan for the coming season.

The 19-year-old Belgian joins Atletico following a busy summer which saw him join English Premier League outfit, Chelsea from Belgian side Genk, where he was first choice in the side that won the Belgian league ahead of the powerful Anderlecht.

Chelsea have decided to loan Courtois to Atletico in order to give him more first team experience.

The youngster, who is the first Belgian to play for Atletico Madrid, arrives to replace David de Gea, who left to join Manchester United in a multi-million euro deal earlier in the summer.

Courtois will have to compete with De Gea's substitute Joel and Sergio Asenjo for a place in the Atletico first team, although for the moment Asenjo is putting the finishing touches to his recovery from the damaged knee ligament which he suffered on loan at Malaga last season.

Meanwhile Atletico have presented midfielder Tiago Cardoso, who has agreed a two year-contract after being released by Juventus. Tiago had spent the previous 18 months on loan with Atletico.

Finally the club still has to resolve the future of Argentinean striker Sergio 'Kun' Aguero, who has an offer to move to Manchester City.

Source: Xinhua
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