Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has denied a ‘pact’ ever existed between the club and Atletico Madrid regarding player transfers.
The comments come ahead of Atleti full-back Theo Hernandez’s anticipated move to the Bernabeu this summer despite a number of players, including Antoine Griezmann, stating such a pact existed but Perez insisted this was only for youth players.
"There was never an agreement [not to sign each other's players], except with children," Perez is quoted as saying by 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.
"We [Zinedine Zidane] will sit down when the time is right, Zidane knows what we want and what the fans want.
“Before going on holiday, he told us that he would be happy to continue counting on all the current players.
"He said that because we have some spectacular players. Zidane shows that confidence in the players in the way he rotates the entire team – everyone has played.
"Next season he will continue to do the same and that is why we are interested in having young players because they will have minutes and will continue to improve, such as Theo, Vallejo and Asensio."