Villarreal have confirmed the signing of Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo on a one year loan deal.

The Spanish club also have the option to make the transfer permanent at the end of the 2013/14 campaign, with the purchase understood to be in the region of €5million.

Asenjo made the move to El Madrigal this week following the news that Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois is to remain on loan with the Rojiblancos.

The Spaniard has never quite settled at Atletico, and, despite the high ratings he has always received, Asenjo has always been forced to fight for the number one jersey at Vicente Calderon. 

During his time at the club, David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois have forced the 24-year-old onto the bench, the highly rated goalkeeper only making 31 appearances in his four years at the club. 

After a serious knee injury and a year-long loan spell at Malaga, the possibility of a future as first choice with the newly promoted La Liga side may be an attractive prospect for Asenjo. 

Juan Carlos Sánchez is currently first choice at Villarreal, but the stopper will be keen to oust him and prove himself as a capable first choice for the Yellow Submarine. 

A statement on Villarreal's website read: "Villarreal, subject to the signing of the contract, have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid for goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo, who will play on loan for the 2013/14 season at the Yellow Submarine. 

Also, Villarreal, have the option to buy the goalkeeper at the end of the loan period."

 

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