Real Madrid have completed the signing of Atletico Madrid left-back Theo Hernandez for an eye-watering €30 million and the 19-year-old has agreed to a five-year contract. Hernandez will initially start off with a 3.5 million euro salary which will be progressively increased over his 5-year duration at Real Madrid.
Barcelona and Real Madrid were both interested in signing the talented left-back and according to reports, the Catalan giants put up a similar offer on 26th April and even met with the player’s agent Manuel García Quilón in Soria.
However, Hernandez decided that he wanted to stay in Madrid, swapping the red side of the capital for the white side.
Atletico Madrid are said to be furious with Real Madrid as Los Blancos broke a verbal pact between the two clubs not to poach each others players.
Hernandez has had a brilliant spell on loan at Deportivo Alaves and he will definitely provide quality backup to Marcelo. But the announcement of the transfer appeared to take Alavas president Josean Querejeta by surprise, feels his club will have been disrespected,
Asked about thee transfer on El Transistor, Querejeta said he was “surprised” that all this would have been organised without anybody thinking to inform Alaves.
“We did not have any idea what was happening, we just learned via the media that he had done a medical,” he said. “We have a good personal and club relationship [with Real Madrid], so we were a bit surprised.
“We know the player belongs to Atletico Madrid so we were surprised he would do tests for another club without anyone telling us when he is with our club at the moment.
“We only hear rumours in the media, nobody, not Atletico, nor Madrid, nor Barcelona, have spoken to us about him.”
Querejeta said he did not want such distractions ahead of Alaves’ upcoming Copa del Rey final against Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon on May 27, and added that even though his club were only small, they deserved respect.
“We understand the situation and the interests of the clubs, and the player,” he said.
“But all this does not help much to maintain a relaxed and balanced atmosphere before a game as important as we have on May 27.
The arrival of Theo Hernandez to the Bernabeu all but signals the end of Fabio Coentrao’s career at Real Madrid. The Portuguese left-back has struggled with form and fitness and Florentino Perez will be hoping to sell Coentrao in the summer transfer window.