Chelsea: Courtois can play us

Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay insists Thibaut Courtois can play for Atletico Madrid in their Champions League semi-final meeting.

Last Updated: 12/04/14 at 05:46 Post Comment

Thibaut Courtois: Goalkeeper is on loan at Atletico Madrid from Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois: Goalkeeper is on loan at Atletico Madrid from Chelsea

Courtois is in his third season on loan with the Spanish club from Chelsea and the teams were paired together in Friday's draw in Nyon.

Media reports suggested Chelsea and Atletico agreed a clause in the keeper's contract that the Madrid team would pay around £5m in compensation if the clubs clashed in European competition.

And Atletico have indicated that they would not be prepared to field him at that price, and would abide by the agreement with the Blues.

UEFA became involved on Friday morning, insisting that they would overrule any attempt by Chelsea to bar Courtois from playing.

Sky Sports' Spanish football expert Guillem Balague says Chelsea and Atletico may have cut a deal which would see Courtois sit out the Champions League double-header, in return for the Blues agreeing to the keeper returning to Madrid next season on loan.

Gourlay insists there is no question of the Blues standing in the way of the Belgium international playing in the semi-finals - though he made no mention of any fee the Spaniards would have to pay.

"The loan was arranged back at the start of the season," he told Sky Sports News. "It's quite simple - Thibaut can play against Chelsea. That was never in doubt. Regarding the UEFA statement, we'll evaluate that in due course. As far as Chelsea's concerned, we've complied with the loan rules."

A UEFA statement issued prior to the draw read: "In response to media reports referring to the situation of Club Atletico de Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, UEFA would like to reiterate its position.

"The integrity of sporting competition is a fundamental principle for UEFA.

"Both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations contain clear provisions which strictly forbid any club to exert, or attempt to exert, any influence whatsoever over the players that another club may (or may not) field in a match.

"It follows that any provision in a private contract between clubs which might function in such a way as to influence who a club fields in a match is null, void and unenforceable so far as UEFA is concerned.

"Furthermore, any attempt to enforce such a provision would be a clear violation of both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations and would therefore be sanctioned accordingly."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

riting a minute by minute account on Berbatov would be like chronicling the days of the guy punished for sloth in the movie Se7en. Day 4 - lay in bed, did nothing - 15th minute, stood there did nothing .

lustral
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

Footer 365

Champions League review: Big wins for Roma and Porto, Barca edge to victory

Roma and Porto earned big wins in the Champions League, while Barcelona opened their campaign with a narrow victory.

Chelsea: Jose Mourinho reveals fitness worry over Diego Costa

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says Diego Costa is not yet ready to start more than one match in a week.

Champions League: Jose Mourinho rues missed chances in Schalke draw

Jose Mourinho bemoaned Chelsea's failure to kill off Schalke with a second goal before Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's equaliser.

Mail Box

I've Given It Some Thought: He's Got To Go

There is some more considered reaction to Arsenal and Liverpool's results, plus a big get well soon message for Jonas Gutierrez. And an apology to Merse...

B**locks To That, I'm Going To Sit In The Shed

Arsenal supporters given their understandable reaction to the debacle in Dortmund, whilst Liverpool fans weren't too impressed either. Still, at least they won...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property