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Atletico: Courtois Would Not Play UCL Semi vs. Chelsea

  • ESPN FC, Thursday, April 10, 2014 3:57 PM

If Ateltico Madrid draws Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League semifinal draw on Friday, on-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who has been one of Atleti’s heros during the competition, will not be able to play, the Spanish club’s president Enrique Cerezo confirmed on Thursday. Courtois is currently on loan at Atletico from Chelsea, and as part of the agreement between the clubs, an unnamed “large quantity of money” would have to be paid to the Blues in order for the Belgium international to play, something that cash-strapped Atletico is not prepared to do. According to AS, the sum would be a whopping six million euros ($8.3 million), just for two games. 

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