Atleico Madrid goalkeeper Thilbault Courtois has been cleared to play against his parent club Chelsea in the Semi Final of the Champions League.
Enrique Cerezo, the president of Atletico Madrid, revealed that the Spanish La Liga club would have to pay Chelsea £6 million over two legs if they were to use the Belgium international against his Parent club.
Since the draw has been made, UEFA have released a statement which will allow Courtois to feature against Jose Mourinho’s side.
The statement read.
In response to media reports referring to the situation of Club Atlético 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,” the Uefa statement says.
The keeper has been superb this season, and is currently in his third successive season on loan in the Spanish Capital.
By Ben Reardon