Talented Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, a 21-year-old contracted to Chelsea but one who has flourished away from Stamford Bridge at Atletico Madrid for the past three seasons, is salivating at the prospect he could face his parent club in the Champions League, should the Blues oversee Paris Saint Germain and Atleti defeat their quarter-final opponents Barcelona.
Traditionally, there are clauses in place that prevent a loan star from competing against the club who own him, such is the case with Romelu Lukaku, a Chelsea striker enjoying a productive developing period at Everton.
However, Courtois has gone out of his way to study the copy written in his temporary agreement and can not find any clause that would prevent him from featuring for Atleti should the Spanish club secure a passage into the semifinal stage, where they could meet the Blues.
"I think I can play. According to me there is no clause," Courtois is quoted by Sport 24 have said.
On August 31 in 2012, Atletico swept Chelsea aside by a 4-1 score thanks to a Radamel Falcao hat-trick and a Miranda goal. Courtois guarded their goal and his sole concession was versus Gary Cahill.
"It can be a fun game if we meet Chelsea. I've played against Chelsea in the European Super Cup."