Chelsea have denied allegations that they will not extend Thibaut Courtois’ loan deal at La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid if he plays against them in the Champions League semi-final next week, reports The Sun.
The highly rated Spanish 'keeper has been instrumental in Atletico's success in this campaign and is set to come up against Jose Mourinho's side next week.
Unlike rules in the Premier League, UEFA allow on loan players to star against their parent sides in the competition.
However, recent reports have claimed that the Blues will not let Courtois stay at the Spanish giants for a fourth consecutive season on loan if he plays against them in the up coming fixtures.
But, Chelsea have furiously denied these claims, and a Blues source told The Sun: “We’re absolutely not doing anything of the sort. That would put us in breach of UEFA’s rules regarding the integrity of the competition.
“If anyone from Atletico Madrid is making those claims that is very naughty.
“The reality is Thibaut is free to play, he is a member of their squad and we have never asked them anything regarding selection.”
Courtois' long term future certainly appears uncertain, but the goalkeeper will be desperate to play against Chelsea next week.
Both Atletico and Chelsea are going in search of a domestic and European double this season and will be hoping to take one step into the Champions League final in Spain next week.