Courtois set for Atletico

New Blues keeper shuns old club for Spain

Courtois: Set for Atletico

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Chelsea are set to send new goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on-loan to Atletico Madrid.

The Belgian starlet is putting the finishing touches on his move from Genk, and he was expected to stay with his current club for the forthcoming season.

But it has now emerged that he is set for a move to La Liga, where he is likely to replace David De Gea - who joined Manchester United earlier this summer.

Atletico had rivalled Chelsea for his signature before the Blues won the race for him earlier this week.

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

"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 insists Cheslea's big stars made him feel welcome when he was shown around Stamford Bridge.

"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."