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Should Chelsea and Atletico de Madrid be paired in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois CAN play against his parent club...

...but only if Atletico are willing to pay at least €6 million.

Though the exact figure has yet to be confirmed, Atletico president Enrique Cerezo has confirmed there is a clause in Courtois' loan deal to the Spanish side that means the club must cough up a hefty fee for the young Belgian to feature against the Blues.

Sky Sports are reporting that the clause operates per match, meaning Atletico would have to cough up as much as £8 million for Courtois to play over two legs.

It means that Dani Aranzubia, the 34-year-old second-choice keeper, would be likely to start, with Cerezo claiming the fee is "too much" for his club to even contemplate paying.

However, with the likelihood of Atletico securing their first La Liga title since 1996 and the considerable payments from UEFA for reaching the semi-finals, there is a small possibility that the Belgian will be able to feature.

The news comes as doubts have emerged over the long-term security of Petr Cech's position as Chelsea's number 1, with Mourinho reportedly keen to bring Courtois back to Stamford Bridge after the summer.

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