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The Belgian goalkeeper has been ruled available to face Chelsea in the semi-finals in a big boost for the La Liga side, who had been worried that they were unable to pay a fee

Will he or won't he? That was the question on everyone's minds regarding Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois's availability to play against Chelsea, after both were pitted together in the Champions League semi-final draw.

The La Liga side will face the Blues on April 22, with Real Madrid taking on Bayern Munich a day later in the Spanish capital, and there was doubt over whether Courtois could play against his loan club in the former tie.

Atletico had initially claimed they would be unable to afford a fee, believed to be in excess of £8million, seemingly ruling out the Belgian star for the two legs. However, Uefa shortly announced that any such clause would be "null, void and unenforceble" in the Champions League, with Chelsea also subsequently clarifying that the 21-year-old would be free to play against them if picked.

The news must have come as a relief to Diego Simeone's side and the majority of Goal Singapore readers believe that it is a crucial decision, with 78.5% indicating that he could determine the game.

Indeed, the starlet has developed his game immensely since being loaned to Atletico three seasons ago and has firmly established himself as one of the best despite his young age. However, his return to Chelsea has been delayed by the presence of Petr Cech, who continues to hold the number one spot at Stamford Bridge.

The remaining 21.5% are however, dismissive that the Belgian's presence will be key, believing that there are other quality players on the pitch that will decide how the Champions League clash goes.

As for Chelsea, they will hope that Courtois does not turn out to be the man to deny them a berth in the final.

Poll of the day

Chelsea has confirmed that Atletico can play Courtois against them. Will the Belgian goalkeeper be key?

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