De Gea replacement has sights on deal

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says he would be open to spending a second season with Atletico Madrid, after replacing Manchester United shot-stopper David De Gea at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.

The 20-year-old Belgian was signed by the Blues from Genk in July, but was immediately touted out to potential suitors in order for him to gain more experience.

Following De Gea moving to Old Trafford after United splashed out £17 million, Atleti were in the market for a new No.1 and managed to snap up Courtois on loan.

So far, so good, for Courtois in Spain, who knew he would have a hard act to follow after De Gea's high-profile move to United.

And, with Petr Cech likely to remain Chelsea's first choice custodian for a number years, Courtois is happy to stay with Atleti for as long as necessary.

“I know that De Gea is a very good goalkeeper," he told Radio Onda Cero of the United 'keeper.


"It is hard to start in this team because there is pressure fro the fans, but I have no fear. I will help the team to reach the top four.”

He added: “I love playing [at the Estadio Vicente Calderon]. I think we are playing well, but we have problems scoring.”

“Chelsea bought me, but I am at Atletico because I wanted to be. I’m here for just a year, but if I want a second year it is possible.”

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