Courtois will not play against Chelsea, say Atletico

There is nothing in the Belgian's loan agreement to automatically stop him from facing the Blues, but the Madrid club would have to pay the Londoners more than £8 million
Thibaut Courtois will not play for Atletico Madrid if they draw Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals, club president Enrique Cerezo has revealed.

Courtois has been on loan with the Madrid club since he signed for the Blues in the summer of 2011, winning the Europa League, Copa del Rey and Uefa Super Cup with the club.

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This season he has been a key part of the Atletico side which currently sits top of La Liga and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 2-1 aggregate victory over Barcelona on Wednesday.

But while there is nothing in the loan agreement to automatically prevent Courtois facing Chelsea in the last four, Atletico would have to pay the Londoners upwards of £8 million.

"If we draw Chelsea, Courtois won't play. It is a figure we cannot pay," Cerezo told Onda Cero.

Courtois is said to be unwilling to return to Stamford Bridge unless he can be assured of first-team football - a guarantee Chelsea cannot make due to the continued fine form of Petr Cech.

Cech is contracted with the Blues until the summer of 2016 and last week Goal reported that Courtois is on the verge of agreeing a deal to keep him with Atletico for another season.