Atletico Madrid Star To Miss Potential Champions League Semi-Final With Chelsea

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Belgium has still to even turn out for the Blues. 

On-loan Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will not play against his parent club Chelsea if the two sides are drawn together in the semi-finals of the Uefa Champions League later this week, according to reports in Sky Sports.

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The brilliant Belgium international is currently spending a season-long loan spell at the Vicente Calderon, the third campaign in a row in which Courtois has been loaned to the La Liga outfit by the west London club.

However, as part of that deal it was written in the keeper’s contract that were the two clubs to ever play each other, then Atleti would have to pay a certain sum – believed to be somewhere in the region of 3m euros per game – in order to be allowed to play the player in goal.

But ahead of Friday’s much-anticipated draw for the semi-finals of Europe’s premier club competition, Atletico president Enrique Cerezo has confirmed that his club are not willing to pay such an amount so as to be able to field the highly rated 21-year-old shot stopper against the Blues.

“It is a figure that we cannot pay,” Cerezo told Onda Cero.

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