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Chelsea: Thibaut Courtois extends Atletico Madrid loan stay

22 Jun 2013 14:08:02

Chelsea: Thibaut Courtois extends Atletico Madrid loan stay

Chelsea: Thibaut Courtois extends Atletico Madrid loan stay Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has agreed a third consecutive season-long loan deal at Atletico Madrid. Courtois, 21, signed a five-year contract with the Blues in 2011 when he moved from Genk for an undisclosed fee. He has since spent two successful campaigns in the Spanish capital, winning the Europa League, Uefa Super Cup and Copa del Rey. Courtois factfile Born: 11 May 1992 Club career: Was sold to Chelsea after playing a key role in Genk's Belgian Pro League title success in 2011, continuing to win trophies while on loan at Atletico Madrid International career: Since becoming the youngest goalkeeper to ever play for Belgium in 2011, has gone on to edge ahead of Sunderland's Simon Mignolet as his nation's first choice "I'm very happy because it's what I was wanting," the 6ft 6in Belgium international told Atletico's website.  "I've always said that next season I wanted to continue at Atletico and compete in a competition as important as the Champions League, having achieved qualification in such a brilliant way. "I've only thought about continuing to enjoy the incredible fans that we have and I hope that we can continue giving them plenty of joy." Courtois - who is yet to feature in a competitive game for Chelsea - was brought in by the Vicente Calderon outfit to replace David De Gea, after the Spaniard was sold to Manchester United. His superb form last season was rewarded with the Zamora Trophy, an award which is given to the goalkeeper with the lowest goals-to-game ratio in La Liga, after he conceded 29 goals in 37 appearances. He also excelled in last month's Copa del Rey final, making several stunning saves as Atletico beat cross-town rivals Real Madrid in a fiery contest.


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