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Atletico Madrid boss Simeone to drop Courtois for Chelsea clash

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is ready to leave out Thibaut Courtois from their Champions League semi with Chelsea.

Marca says the Belgian stopper won't go up against his parent club - as Simeone wants to keep him on loan next season.

Behind the scenes Chelsea are known to be furious that the clause inserted in Courtois' deal in the Spanish capital at the start of his third loan spell has been overruled by UEFA.

Atletico boss Simeone has made keeping Courtois his priority this summer - with a fourth-loan deal the Spanish club's preferred method given their financial struggles - as he looks to keep in tact the best defensive record in Spain.

And Atleti are worried that their chances will be ended by Jose Mourinho if Courtois appears.

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