Thibaut Courtois hopes Chelsea will waive appearance fee

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On loan Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is hopeful that Chelsea will waive the fee his current club are required to pay in order to allow him play in the semi-finals of the Champions League should the two teams be drawn together.

Courtois has spent the last two-and-a-half seasons on loan at the Vicente Calderon, where he has established himself as one of the best young shotstoppers in Europe.

The Belgian international had to be at his best last night to deny Barcelona and help Atletico earn a spot in the Champions League semi-finals with a 2-1 aggregate win over the Catalan club.

However he may be denied the chance to play in the last four if his current side are drawn against parent club Chelsea.

While there are no UEFA rules saying that he cannot face his employers, Chelsea are said to have inserted a clause in his contract which means Atletico have to cough up a reported £4.9 million in order for him to play.

Atleti President Enrique Cerezo has already admitted that his club cannot afford to pay Chelsea the fee.

However his chances of appearing may not be over. According to the Evening Standard, Courtois will ask the Blues to waive the fee as contract talks between the two parties continue.

Recent reports have suggested that Courtois - who has said he doesn't want to go back to Chelsea as a number two behind Petr Cech - would agree a new contract at Stamford Bridge and put speculation over his future to bed..

The Standard suggest that the goalkeeper will use the negotiations to secure his place in a potential semi-final showdown.

The draw for the Champions League semi-final takes place tomorrow.

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