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Chelsea embroiled in love triangle involving Belgian pals Courtois, De Bruyne

Chelsea have been hit by a fresh love scandal involving Belgian pair Kevin de Bruyne and Thibaut Courtois.

The Daily Mail says it was reported that the partner of De Bruyne became embroiled in an affair with team-mate Courtois.

De Bruyne is playing on-loan at Werder Bremen, while Courtois is with Atletico Madrid.

It is reported by a Belgian gossip magazine that Courtois and De Bruyne's 20-year-old girlfriend exchanged explicit pictures on Facebook.

The magazine reports that Caroline Lijnen became frustrated at life with De Bruyne in Bremen and moved to Madrid where she enjoyed a liaison with Courtois.

De Bruyne was said to be "devastated" upon hearing the news.

A source in the magazine said: "In the Madrid house she cheated on Kevin. He didn't know anything, but when he discovered about it, he went crazy. It was a huge shock for him."

The Belgium team-mates are said to have since rekindled their friendship after holding clear-the-air talks before their country's clash against Macedonia.

And a spokesperson from the Belgium FA claimed they now laugh about it.

"They still get along," said a press officer of the Belgian FA. "They even joke about it."

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