‘We miss Chelsea star’ admits Atletico Madrid president

Chelsea shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois spent three years on loan at Atletico Madrid.

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo admitted to the press that his side miss Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

The Belgian international spent three years in the Spanish capital and became a favourite among the Vicente Calderon faithful.

Despite being replaced by the reliable Miguel Angel Moya last summer, Cerezo admitted Courtois’ absence is notable after he collected a La Liga award on behalf of the Blues’ current number one.

“It’s clear that we miss him, but we have found good replacements. He strongly wanted to be here.” He said, quoted by Sky Sports Italia.

“He has always been a Chelsea goalkeeper, he’s been with us for three seasons. We have to thank him and Chelsea for what he has given to Atleti and to Spanish football.”

The 22-year-old joined the Blues in the summer of 2011 but within weeks he was sent on loan to Los Colchoneros in a bid to gain first team experience.

After impressing in the Spanish capital, the reigning La Liga champions extended his loan deal for a further two seasons.

During his time at the Vicente Calderon stadium, he helped Diego Simeone’s side win a number of honours including the Europa League, Copa Del Rey and their first La Liga title since 1995.

Courtois garnered a reputation as one of the world’s best goalkeepers during his time in Spain, prompting the Blues to bring him back to Stamford Bridge.

Since returning to West London Courtois has replaced Petr Cech in the first team and started all 11 of the club’s Premier League fixtures to date, keeping three clean sheets.

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