On-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has said that he is happy to have been cleared to face his parent club in the Champions League, Sky
The goalkeeper has been in fine form this season and has earned himself recognition as one of the best young goalkeepers in the world playing for Atletico Madrid.
There was controversy over whether the 21-year-old would play when the La Liga side face Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final on Tuesday but UEFA has cleared the Belgian to play.
“I was very relieved,” Courtois told the FIFA website. “For me, the fact that we’ve drawn Chelsea, like we did in the European Super Cup in 2012, is special, because even though I’m at Atleti, Chelsea are my club too.
“It’s better not to think about it too much though and play like I always do, because if I start thinking, ‘Oh, I’d better be careful’, then I’ll end up playing poorly.”
Courtois has spent the past three seasons on loan with Atletico and it was originally thought that the La Liga outfit would have to pay out for him to play against his parent side before UEFA cleared up the matter.
The young shot stopper has been a shining light for the Spanish club in a standout season for the club and Courtois has admitted that he wants to win more trophies for Atletico as well as wanting Chelsea to do well.
“I want to win trophies here and I’ll be an Atleti supporter for these two games, but at all other times I’m a Chelsea fan too.
“I hope they win the Premier League, just not these two Champions League matches. I really hope we can reach the final as we’re so close. They’re the favourites, but Barcelona were too.”
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