‘We’d be paranoid to bar Courtois’

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck has confirmed that the Premier League side will let Thibaut Courtois play in the Champions League semi-final.

The Belgian goalkeeper, who is owned by the west London outfit, will come up against his parent club when Atletico Madrid face them in the European Cup semi-final later this month.

But the board member has insisted that reports the Rojiblancos will have to play €6m to let the youngster take the field are false.

“Of course we’ll let him play,” Buck told beIN Sport. “Doing the opposite would be paranoid and unpleasant. We’re above that.”

Chief executive Ron Gourlay then added: “The loan was arranged back at the start of the season. Thibaut can play, that was never in doubt.

“Regarding the UEFA statement, we’ll evaluate that in the next 24 to 48 hours. As far as Chelsea is concerned, we’ve complied with the loan rules. Thibaut can play against Chelsea if selected.”

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