Atletico Madrid won't play Thibaut Courtois without an agreement with Chelsea

Angel Martinez

Calm heads prevail. Hurray.

We might finally have some closure to the Thibaut Courtois situation, as Atleti president Enrique Cerezo had some comments for AS making it clear how the club feel about UEFA's statement on Friday:

"I don’t know how many times I've repeated it, Courtois is Chelsea’s player. We’re trying to get him on loan for another season. I think he’ll end up playing against them, but only if we reach an agreement with Chelsea. We’re gentlemen and we observe everything we sign."

"I don’t know. I think he’ll play, but with an agreement between both parties. If he doesn't play, Aranzubia will come in."

So that should pretty much settle it. UEFA said their piece on the clause in the loan agreement, but Atletico don't seem to want to bite the hand that's been feeding them while still hoping for another season of Courtois. If the Madrid side aren't going to push the issue, it sounds as if we'll see the clubs sorting this one out for themselves. That's fantastic news as far as I'm concerned, as I trust the two clubs to come to a sensible arrangement far more than I trust the decision makers in the UEFA offices.

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