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Atletico Madrid Agree Miguel Angel Moya Fee, Thibaut Courtois to Stay at Chelsea

LISBON, PORTUGAL - MAY 24:  Thibaut Courtois of Club Atletico de Madrid in action during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz on May 24, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistJune 4, 2014

The future of Thibaut Courtois seems to lie away from Atletico Madrid after the Spanish champions confirmed they have agreed a deal to sign Getafe goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya.

The La Liga kings confirmed the capture via the club's official website, opening the door for Courtois to rejoin his parent club Chelsea. 

AS also confirmed Moya's capture and tweeted that the player will sign a three-year deal with Diego Simeone's team:

Courtois has been a major success at Atletico during his extended period on-loan at the club and it is no surprise that Jose Mourinho wishes to recall the stopper, who is already one of the best in Europe.

The 22-year-old played 37 times in La Liga for the Spanish champions and kept an impressive 20 clean sheets, per Squawka

Sami Mokbel of the Mail Online wrote that despite Courtois being settled in Spain, the Belgium international will now be recalled to Stamford Bridge to compete with Petr Cech to be first choice. 

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 23:  Diego Costa (L) of Club Atletico de Madrid is tackled by Miguel Angel Moya of Getafe CF during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Getafe CF at Vicente Calderon Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.
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Moya has been brought in by Simeone as an experienced replacement for Courtois, with the player representing Getafe 26 times last season in La Liga, keeping seven clean sheets, per Squawka.

The Argentine boss has taken no time at all to bring in new faces as he looks to maintain the new levels of success that Atletico are currently experiencing. 

Courtois confirmed recently that he has discussed his future with Mourinho after Atletico defeated Chelsea in the Champions League semifinal, revealing that he will be reporting for training in London for pre-season.

The goalkeeper told Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure, (h/t Rhys Turrell of the Daily Star):

My future seemed clear but then we played in the Champions League. And yes, Mourinho called me before the [final league] game against Barcelona. What we talked about stays between us. I have a two-year contract with Chelsea, so in principle I will be there for training, then we’ll talk.

Courtois is possibly the best young goalkeeper in world football right now and his progression at the Vicente Calderon Stadium has been phenomenal. As Cech enters the twilight years of a great career, it is more than likely that the old campaigner will be on the bench for large parts of next season as Courtois claims his prize.

Moya is a shrewd buy for Atletico and will give them experience and strength after losing such a great young talent. Atletico's loss is certainly Chelsea's gain, and with Mourinho planning a full-on assault for Premier League and Champions League glory next season, recalling Courtois will be like adding a £20 million signing for free to his roster. 

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