Atletico Madrid Keeper Thibaut Courtois Will Face Parent Club Chelsea In Champions League Semi-Finals

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Belgium is regarded as being the best young keeper in Europe. 

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says that he is relieved to have been given clearance to face his parent club in the Uefa Champions League semi-finals, according to reports on BBC Sport.

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The brilliant Belgium international is currently spending his third season out on loan with La Liga giants Atletico Madrid after having originally signed for the west London club from Genk back in the summer of 2011.

However, as yet the shot stopper has still to even play for the Blues, while it was also thought that Courtois would not be able to face his employers in this month’s Uefa Champions League semi-final ties owing to a clause the two clubs agreed to when the Belgium Moved to the Spanish capital.

But that much-publicised clause, which stated that were the two sides ever to play each other in Europe, then Atleti would have to pay a fixed sum, believed to be as much as £5m for the two contests, was then deemed as being null and void by European football’s governing body Uefa just prior to the draw for the semis, much to the 21-year-old’s relief.

“I’m very relieved. That we’ve drawn Chelsea is special because even though I’m at Atleti, Chelsea are my club,” said Courtois.


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