Atlético Madrid will benefit from avoiding one club in particular in the draw for the Champions League semi-finals: Chelsea. The problem for Diego Simeone’s men is a clause included in goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois’ latest loan deal from the Blues – his third consecutive season at the Vicente Calderón.
The clause establishes a basic fee paid by Atlético to take the Belgian international on loan, but also stipulates that the Colchoneros would have to pay three million euros per game in the hypothetical case that the sides met in the Champions League.
If Atlético draw José Mourinho’s side in the last four of Europe’s top club competition and want to play Courtois in the knockout tie, the 21-year-old will cost a total of six million euros. Despite the Liga BBVA club’s desire for the keeper to be involved, club president Enrique Cerezo significantly told Spanish radio station Onda Cero on Wednesday evening: “It’s an amount that we wouldn’t be able to pay.”