Belgian international goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois became one of three players to trade Atletico Madrid for Chelsea this summer, and his replacement Miguel Angel Moya has paid his tributes for this contributions.
The 22-year-old shot-stopper spent three years on loan at Atletico Madrid and became a key player in helping transform the club’s fortunates.
When he arrived, Los Colchoneros were struggling in the bottom half of La Liga and had just hired Argentine coach and former player Diego Simeone.
Since then, it has been a complete transformation in the Spanish capital as Courtois helped the club win the Europa League, the Spanish Super Cup, the Copa Del Rey and then finally La Liga.
Chelsea boss Mourinho, however, feared losing the impressive youngster for good given his ties to Atleti and made the tough decision to recall him during the summer and install him as the Blues number one.
Courtois has since been replaced in Madrid by former Getafe goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya, but his aura and contributions will live on in memory for many years as his new replacement explained to the Spanish publication AS after the 2-1 victory over Real Madrid.
“I don’t think the people at Atleti will ever forget Courtois, because he has been an absolutely wonderful goalkeeper. I’m Miguel Angel Moya, and I will try to complete my work and help the team.”
Courtois has started all four of Chelsea’s Premier League matches this season, conceding six goals and keeping one clean sheet.
Aside from his La Liga triumph last May, he also won the prestigious Zamora Trophy for the goalkeeper who kept the most clean sheets in the Spanish top-flight over the course of the season.