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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez considers Atletico Madrid fair game if there’s a player that catches his eye.
Despite suggestions of a non-aggression pact between the capital-city clubs, Perez revealed that such an agreement does not exist following reports that Real had broken the deal during its alleged pursuit of Atletico Madrid defender Theo Hernandez.
Although he wouldn’t comment on the reported arrival of Hernandez, who is expected to join Real this summer, Perez indicated that such restraints only pertain to youth players.
“There was never an agreement (not to sign each other’s players), except with children,” Perez said in an interview with Marca.
“If one club has an interest in a player from the other club, (we) can speak about it and, if it is possible, a transfer is done. There’s never been anything else – many Real players have ended up at Atletico.”
Hernandez, who spent last season on loan at Alaves, is believed to have also drawn interest from Barcelona before agreeing to join Real Madrid. He reportedly completed a medical in May with Los Blancos, who agreed to meet the €24-million release clause in the 19-year-old’s contract.