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Courtois reveals Atleti loan plan

July 19, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Chelsea are intending to send goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on loan to Atletico Madrid next season.

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Courtois, 19, is set to join Chelsea from Genk after Andre Villas-Boas confirmed he was undergoing a medical at Stamford Bridge, but he had been expected to return to his native Belgium on loan next season.

Courtois has now revealed that he could now spend up to three years with Atletico, who had expressed an interest in the goalkeeper in their search to replace David de Gea.

"It is better for me to go to Atletico," Courtois said. "I can learn more in Spain than in Belgium. 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."

Courtois added that he has already been introduced to some of the key first-team players at Chelsea.

"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."