After Friday's draw, Atletico Madrid were drawn against Chelsea and Real Madrid are to play the holders Bayen Munich in the Champions League semi-finals. The ties will take place on 22/23 April and 29/30 April.
The Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea tie has a twist, with star goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is currently playing for Atletico, is on loan from Chelsea. The Belgian is in his third successive season-long loan at the Spanish club but has never been drawn against his parent club, Chelsea.
This brought plenty of questions as to whether Courtois could play against the team that own him. Earlier this week, Atletico confirmed that there was a clause in the loan deal that if they wish to play Courtois against them they must cough up a fee of £5m over the two legs.
However, with Atletico's financial problems, they said that they couldn't afford to pay that fee to play Courtois. Madrid's president, Enrique Cerezo, said that his team would be "unable to play" the money.
On the day of the draw, UEFA released a statement which gave good news to Atletico. In short, they said that the reported clause in the loan deal is a violation of rules and that "any provision in a private contract between clubs which might function in such a way as to influence who a club fields in a match is null, void and unenforceable so far as UEFA is concerned."
This will come as a huge boost for Atletico, who can now play Courtois in the Champions League semi-finals.
But there's another twist. Atletico may still decide to leave Courtois out because they do not want to upset Chelsea by playing their playing against them, despite being cleared to. This is because they want Courtois next season, on loan or maybe permanently if possible. They feel that if they damage the relationship between the two clubs it could affect future deals that could help their side.
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