Within the last 24 hours Atletico Madrid proudly claimed that they had signed the very highly rated Jose Manuel Jurado from Real Madrid. The transfer was even confirmed on Real Madrid's official website , with the young player quoted as saying " I'm off to make a new start", adding that he hoped Real's fierce rivals "will get it right this year".
There were reports that the player could be sold back to Real Madrid in the future, but the player would not be drawn on the matter and emphasized " I want to do the best that I can for Atletico".
Thats quite an admission to make on Real Madrid's own website and is unlikely to please the fans who saw the youth team player as a future star.Unfortunately it would seem that it didn't go down too well with Real Madrid President Ramon Calderon either.
The first signs of discontent came when the story and interview with Jurado were removed from the Real Madrid website. Later that evening Calderon made several radio appearances announcing that he has blocked the transfer and that the young player "must stay at Real Madrid".
In blocking the transfer, Calderon has effectively over-ruled the decision made by his sporting Director Pedja Mijatovic to sell the player. Calderon is understandably embarrassed.
In his electoral campaign he pledged to support and develop the Youth academy at Real Madrid and promised to ensure that players, like Jurado, stayed at the club as they were the "heart and soul" of the club.
However, Calderon also pledged that as President of Real Madrid he would never, ever interfere or over-ride any decisions made by either his sporting Director, Mijatovic, or his first team coach Fabio Capello. According to Calderon, this was the fatal flaw made by Fiorentino Perez and explained the clubs recent failures.
A real conundrum for Mr Calderon then. Either way he risks breaking an electoral promise just weeks into the job.
In blocking the transfer he will probably appease the fans who are distinctly unhappy at seeing one of their future stars sold to their neighbours and rivals. Atletico fans had already been celebrating a transfer that they felt mirrored Raul's move in the other direction in 1992.
However, it also places the fledgling relationship between Calderon, Mijatovic and Capello under scrutiny. The sporting director is in unknown territory having only two years experience as an agent prior to landing one of the biggest jobs in World football and he will be feeling the pressure in trying to deliver Calderon's promised signings.
It also means that Calderon is unwillingly treading the path of his predecessor Fiorentino Perez , finding out the hard way that things are never easy at Real Madrid.