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.