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Thibaut Courtois signed for Chelsea in 2011 but has been at Atletico Madrid on loan ever since

Thibaut Courtois signed for Chelsea in 2011 but has been at Atletico Madrid on loan ever since

Thibaut Courtois signed for Chelsea in 2011 but has been at Atletico Madrid on loan ever since

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has not given up hope of playing for Atletico Madrid, the club with whom he is on loan, in the semi-finals of the Champions League if the sides are drawn together today (11.0am).

The full cost of Courtois' three seasons on loan from Chelsea could rise to over £12m if he plays against his parent club in both legs of a semi-final.

Atletico president Enrique Cerezo has claimed the Spanish club "would be unable to pay" a clause understood to be in the loan agreement of Courtois that means Chelsea would be due £2.48m for every game he plays against them. Chelsea charged Atletico £800,000 to take Courtois on loan in 2011, £2.48m in 2012 and £4.13m for a third term this season.

Chelsea have already made a profit on the £7m they spent to sign Courtois from Genk in 2011, before loaning him out. This is not the first time there has been a potential clash between an on-loan player and his parent club in the Champions League. In the 2003-04 season, Real Madrid loaned Fernando Morientes to Monaco without a clause to prevent him playing against them.

He scored twice in the quarter-finals to help knock Real out.

* Valencia booked their place in the semi-finals of the Europa League with a remarkable comeback to beat Basle 5-0. The Swiss led 3-0 from the first leg but Valencia cancelled that out in normal time and Paco Alcacer completed his hat-trick to win the tie in the 24th minute of extra time.

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