It would seem that Real Madrid President Ramon Calderon is doing his very best to alienate the club from the rest of the G14.
In his few short weeks in the club he has successfully managed to incur the wrath of Manchester United over Cristiano Ronaldo and provoke the AC Milan President to declare 'war' on Real Madrid and state "The way Madrid are behaving is no way for big clubs to work together". Not to mention Chelsea, not part of the G14 but a major force financially in world football, who have threatened to report Real Madrid over an illegal approach for Arjen Robben.
It would seem that Arsenal are next on the list of clubs to benefit from Mr Calderon's charms. Having already upset the Premier league club over claiming an agreement with Cesc Fabregas during the election campaign, Real Madrid have now turned their attention to Jose Antonio Reyes.
Yesterday, as reported in Marca, Ramon Calderon very publicly declared that the player would soon be a Real player, for less than 20 million euros and that “Its Arsenal who has a problem, the player doesn't want to stay in London".
Conducting your transfer dealings through the media is a guaranteed way of causing offence with the selling club. It is ugly, shows a complete lack of respect and entirely unnecessary when the Madrid media are more than willing to do it on your behalf, without the need for Calderon to get involved in making public statements like the above.
On the G14 website they state that their aim is "To promote the cooperation, amicable relations and unity of the member clubs.
To promote and improve professional football in all its aspects and safeguard the general interests of the member clubs.
To promote cooperation and good relations between G-14 and FIFA, UEFA and any other sporting institutions and/or professional football clubs....."
This week Calderon has already over ruled the decision of his Sporting director to sell Jurado to Atletico and thereby broken his election pledge that Mijatovic and Capello would have absolute autonomy. When he takes time to reflect he would do well to pay the G14 website a visit and remind himself of what his club has signed up to.
Wouldn't you love to be a fly on the wall at the next G14 meeting?