It Would Cost Atletico Millions to Play Thibaut Courtois Against Chelsea

BR-UK StaffFeatured Columnist IVApril 10, 2014

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 01: Thibaut Courtois of Club Atletico de Madrid shakes hands with Lionel Messi of Barcelona after the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at Camp Nou on April 1, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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The Champions League semi-final draw is on Friday, but in any case, would upstart Atletico Madrid actually prefer to draw neighbours Real Madrid or world-beaters Bayern Munich? 


In the case that Atletico draw Chelsea, they would be faced with the prospect of sitting their stalwart goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, on loan from the Blues, or playing him and paying a heavy price for doing so. 

Per AS (Spanish) (via Dirty Tackle), there is a clause in the Belgian man's deal that Atletico would have to pay the West London club €3 million for every appearance he makes against his parent club, so €6 million over two legs.

It's something that the cash-strapped club can't afford to do, which Atletico president Enrique Cerezo confirmed. 

While Atletico struggle to get ends to meet, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic is dropping that kind of coin on booking entire hotels in Israel. 

[Dirty Tackle]