Relations between Real Madrid and Real Betis, who clash at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, are not at their best.
The hard stance both clubs took this summer before eventually agreeing a deal for Dani Ceballos have caused major tensions between them.
However, the straw that broke the camel’s back came a few weeks later when Los Blancos swooped to sign David Pecellin , one of the biggest talents in Betis’ youth system.
For the third successive year, they had taken one of the jewels in the crown of Los Verdiblancos after signing Pedro Ruiz in 2015 (who left at the request of the player’s family) and Toni Segura last summer, who joined Juvenil A after several failed attempts from Real before they eventually took advantage of him nearing the end of his contract.
In both cases, Betis received some type of economic compensation and could secure more based on their development at Valdebebas, but that was not the case with Pecellin.
Madrid offered 15,000 euros for his services and Betis, rather irked by the bid, rejected it instantly but the player ended up leaving on a free with a change of family residence.
“He was taken by Real Madrid because the rules allow such a thing and that’s what happened,” said an angry Lorenzo Serra Ferrer at a recent press conference.
As the days have gone by, the initial discomfort has become even more tense and the Bernabeu stage will play host to the latest instalment of their rivalry on Wednesday.