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Real Madrid unhappy with Atletico about several issues, non-aggression pact in danger

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Rivalries are a part and parcel of football. However, even the most bitter of enemies need to have a set of guidelines to ensure that conflicts and disputes do not escalate out of hand.

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, too have between them a non-aggression pact to serve a similar purpose. It is an unwritten agreement that stopped Los Blancos from signing anyone from Atletico without prior permission or vice versa.

According to reports from Carrusel Deportivo, the non-aggression pact between the two Madrid based sides is in danger. Atletico have scouted Real Madrid’s youth academy in recent years and targetted them in the transfer window.

Moreover, the fact that Simeone’s side did not give Real Madrid a Guard of honour for winning La Liga or even congratulate them is said to be taken with a pinch of salt at the Bernabeu.

A recent example of Atletico targetting and signing a player from the Bernabeu is Marcos Llorente in 2019. However, that transfer seemingly had complete agreement between the two clubs, much like the move of Theo Hernandez in the opposite direction in 2017.

A meeting has reportedly been planned to analyse the situation between the two rivals and rebuild the broken bridges. However, it remains to be seen as to how Simeone’s side view the state of affairs.

Real Madrid won La Liga with a lead of 15 points over the rivals earlier this season. Incidentally, they sealed their league title just before they played at Wanda Metropolitano.

It was on that very night that Atletico refused to provide a guard of honour out of ‘respect’ for their fans and went on to beat their rivals by a margin of one goal.

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Official: Atletico Madrid sign Tottenham Hotspur defender on a free transfer

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Atletico Madrid have made their final move of the winter transfer window, completing the signing of Matt Doherty from Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer.

The Irish international has seen little to no minutes in the league this season, and had his contract mutually terminated by Tottenham before he made the switch to Atletico on deadline day.

This comes on the back of a three-way switch. Spurs signed Pedro Porro from Sporting Lisbon, who have reportedly replaced him with Hector Bellerin from Barcelona, while enabling Doherty’s switch to La Liga.

This is only Atletico’s second winter transfer for this window. They had signed Memphis Depay earlier this month from Barcelona on a €3 million 2.5-year deal.

That said, they have managed to offload Joao Felix to Chelsea, Mathus Cunha to Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Marcos Paulo to Sao Paolo. Atletico also managed to register Pablo Barrios to the first-team after his impressive displays in the first-half of the season.

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