Real Madrid part ways with controversial club doctor Jesus Olmo
Controversial medical chief Jesus Olmo has left Real Madrid by "mutual agreement" in news likely to welcomed by some in the Bernabeu dressing-room.
Olmo joined Madrid's staff as club doctor in the summer of 2013 and oversaw a medical department which was criticised at times over the intervening four years amid persistent injury issues suffered by players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
Issues at the club boiled over during the 2015-16 campaign when both AS and Marca claimed that Madrid's squad was unhappy with how the club's medical team were treating muscle injuries, and some players reportedly wanted Olmo barred from the dressing room.
The son-in-law of senior board member Jeronimo Farre, a childhood friend of club president Florentino Perez, survived that moment.
But a club statement has now confirmed his exit along with that of colleague Mikel Aramberri amid a general shake-up of the medical department.
"Real Madrid C. F. informs that doctors Jesus Olmo and Mikel Aramberri have severed ties with Real Madrid Sanitas Medical Services after reaching a mutual agreement with the club," the statement said. "Real Madrid C. F. wishes to express its thanks for the professionalism with which they conducted their work over the course of these years and wishes both all the very best in their next chapters."
Olmo's position at the club was questioned in November 2015 when club captain Sergio Ramos, who at that point had a persistent shoulder injury which had not responded as hoped to treatment, admitted to "problems" which needed to be sorted out.
"Now isn't the best time to talk of medical matters," the leader of the Blancos dressing room said then. "We have to help each other out to be in the best possible shape at the end of the season. When the time comes to talk about our problems, those of us who are better placed to talk, will."
Later that season Marca turned the spotlight on Olmo when Gareth Bale suffered another of his regular calf muscle injuries.
However, Bale aside, the squad had a much better injury record during 2016-17 when Zinedine Zidane's team came on strong late in the campaign to complete a Champions League and La Liga double.
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan