Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo says he doesn’t suppose Theo Hernandez has signed for Actual Madrid but, however he has no downside with how Los Blancos have performed the switch.
An excellent 2016-17 season on mortgage at Alaves noticed Theo linked with high golf equipment together with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester Metropolis, however the 19-year-old has reportedly agreed to affix Madrid, who’re set to pay his €24 million launch clause.
In Los Angeles this week Theo mentioned he had “dreamed since I used to be little” of carrying a Actual Madrid shirt, whereas membership president Florentino Perez advised Spanish radio that talks with Atletico have been underway about discovering an “settlement” between the golf equipment over a deal.
Madrid pursuing the switch goes in opposition to a reported “gentleman’s settlement” concerning the golf equipment concentrating on one another’s gamers, and Madrid’s intentions to set off Theo’s clause turned public in April simply forward of a Champions League semifinal between the golf equipment.
However requested on El Transistor radio if his relationship with Perez had suffered because of Madrid’s behaviour, Cerezo denied there was any downside.
“In no way,” he mentioned. “It has been a really clear and clear signing. I have no idea if [Theo] has signed for them but. One factor is for him to speak about Madrid, one other to have signed.”
Saul Niguez, one other participant linked away from Atletico with Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain reportedly , additionally joined the interview, talking from the European Below-21 Championship in Poland.
Cerezo praised the midfielder for his excellent performances in scoring 5 objectives in three video games as Spain have reached Friday night’s last in opposition to Germany, and acknowledged current hypothesis that the 23-year-old’s future is up within the air amid talks over a pay-rise.
“Congratulations to start with for the video games you may have performed and your season over all,” Cerezo mentioned. “We all know that we now have to place up with, as soon as once more, all this about whether or not you’re staying or leaving. I consider that this time, as all the time, there may be nothing to it.”
With the radio host pushing for particulars on how contract talks with Saul’s agent Jorge Mendes are progressing, the normally relaxed Cerezo grew more and more uncomfortable.
“There are things like confidentiality clauses round this stuff, and the attorneys are concerned,” he mentioned. “The one factor I can say is that Saul has a long-term contract. Plus he’s a participant who desires to be at Atletico Madrid.”
Presently underneath contract till 2021, and conscious of the membership having given pay-rises earlier this summer season to teammates Antoine Griezmann and Koke, €80 million-rated Saul himself stopped in need of committing his long-term future to the membership whereas saying that in fact the sensation of enjoying for Atletico was extra essential than cash.
“Thanks Enrique, the very first thing to say is that I’m with you,” Saul mentioned. “Everyone knows about this stuff, that I’m very glad. You by no means know what’s going to occur on this world, however it is vitally troublesome [to leave Atletico]. Ultimately the emotions come out on high of different issues. I’ve a contract with Atleti and I’m excellent the place I’m.”
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based soccer author who covers La Liga and the Spain nationwide crew for ESPN FC. Comply with him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan