Chelsea have extended the loan deal of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois with Spanish side Atletico Madrid for another season, but with one stipulation: Courtois cannot play in the European Super Cup against Chelsea in Monaco on August 31st.
Atletico reached the Super Cup by beating fellow Spanish side Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League final last season, and Courtois was a big reason that they won the Europa League as he was outstanding last season.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone feels the decision is tough on the young keeper but accepts it is Chelsea’s decision, saying:
”This is bad news for the kid because it is a reward after a big Europa League win.
“But we could not fight too much because Chelsea are the owners.”
I can see the Chelsea side about not wanting to play against a player that they own, but this is a European final, with trophies and medals at stake. Did they have to insist in that clause in the loan deal, as I don’t think that UEFA rules would have precluded Courtois from playing in the Super Cup?