Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibault Courtois, who is on loan from Chelsea FC, will be eligible to face his parent club in the Champions League semi-finals, according to an Uefa statement released on Friday.
Premier League club Chelsea and current La Liga leaders Atletico were pitted against each other in the draw for the last-4 of the ongoing tournament conducted in Nyon on Friday noon.
Media reports had earlier speculated that the Belgium goalie- under the terms of the deal that allowed him play for the Spanish club- was doubtful for any potential tie between the ‘Los Roji Blancos’ and the ‘Blues’, be it a semi-finals or final fixture.
The club president, Enrique Cerezo, had reportedly ruled out fielding Courtois in any prospective meeting between both clubs, sighting the payment of a sizeable fee to the London club as a deterrent.
“It’s a number we can’t afford to pay”, Cerezo said.
Reports in Spain had suggested it could cost Atletico £4.9m for the 21-year-old goalkeeper to line up against Chelsea.
But Uefa have now rejected that idea, stressing it contradicts the integrity of sporting competition as clubs cannot influence others’ team sheet.
The Uefa statement read: “Both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations contain clear provisions which strictly forbid any club to exert, or attempt to exert, any influence whatsoever over the players that another club may (or may not) field in a match.
“It follows 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.”
The statement further warned the consigned clubs to desist from employing such terms of contract in an Uefa competition.
“Furthermore, any attempt to enforce such a provision would be a clear violation of both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations and would therefore be sanctioned accordingly”, the statement added.
Meanwhile, Chelsea chief executive, Ron Gourlay, has confirmed that the club will allow Courtois play against them in the Champions League semi-finals.
“The loan was arranged back in the start of the season. He can play against Chelsea, that’s never in doubt,” Gourlay said.
“Regarding the Uefa statement we’ll evaluate that in due course. As far as we are concerned we will comply with loan rules. He can play in both ties against Chelsea if selected. That is fact.”
Courtois is in his third season on loan at Atletico, after failing to make an appearance for his parent club since penning down a five-year deal from Genk in 2011.
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Hakim Ziyech Reveals He Is Comfortable At Chelsea
Chelsea’s new star Hakim Ziyech has revealed that he is comfortable with the Blues after shining in a 4-1 win against Sheffield United on Saturday.
Ziyech completed a €40 million (£36m/$47m) move from Ajax Amsterdam over the summer, and after having been delayed at Stamford Bridge due to injury, the Moroccan forward made his full debut for the club in the UEFA Champions League clash against Krasnodar in October.
And after just four starts for the club, Ziyech now has two goals and three assists.
Frank Lampard’s men have in turn won all four games in which Ziyech has started and the atmosphere is quite conducive for the 27-year-old.
“I feel comfortable here in the team and with the squad and all my team-mates so I think that’s why I feel comfortable here,” he told Sky Sports when asked about adapting to life at Chelsea.
“I think we played a good game, the first 10 minutes was difficult – we started a bit sloppy but after 1-0 we could control the game and couldn’t score more goals at that point but we played a good game.”
“They come in with power on corners – you think they’ll put it in the box but they took it short and scored for 1-0 but after that we did well and created a lot of chances and scored a lot of goals.
“They like it when you play the ball to your feet and I saw Mateo Kovacic running into space – sometimes you have to get those balls then they don’t know what to do and then the first time we did that I scored.
“I always look at my team-mate before I take the ball, we understand, only eye contact is enough for us.”
Ziyech will now turn his attention to the national team, as Morocco prepare for the African Cup of Nations qualifier clash against the Central African Republic. The Atlas Lions currently lead their group with four points from two games.
Source: Sky Sports
Ahmed Musa Bids Farewell To Al Nassr Teammates, Fans
Nigerian international, Ahmed Musa took to his Twitter handle on Sunday to write a farewell message to his teammates, management and fans of Al Nassr.
Recall that last month the Saudi Arabian club in an official statement via it social media page announced that Musa will be departing the club after two years.
“Thank you Nigerian falcon, wishing you all the best in the future! @Ahmedmusa718,” the club said on their Twitter page.
Musa joined Al Nassr from EPL side Leicester City. During his stay, he made 50 appearances with nine goals to his name.
Musa in his tweet hailed everyone at the club for their love and support.
He wrote, “I want to say a very big thank you to my teammates, management & the entire Fans of @AlNassrFC Club for the great experience & unwavering support, love & care. It’s been a pleasure & I am extremely grateful. Best of luck @AlNassrFC.”
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