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Alarm bells sounding for Everton

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By ESPN Staff

Real try to backtrack over sale of youth keeper

MADRID, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Real Madrid's new sporting director Predrag Mijatovic has landed himself in trouble with the club's president after agreeing to sell highly-rated youth team player Jurado to city rivals Atletico Madrid.

Real chief Ramon Calderon said he was trying to halt the deal after Mijatovic agreed to offload the 20-year-old midfielder to Atletico for three million euros.

'When I found out Jurado was going to be sold to Atletico I rang Mijatovic to paralyse the operation,' Calderon was quoted as saying by sports daily Marca on Wednesday.

'If they were going to pay 10 million euros for the jewel of our youth team then you might accept it, but for three million you solve nothing and out of respect to our fans we can't accept this move.'

Atletico have agreed to Real's request to delay the presentation of the player until next week but they insist that the move has already been completed.

'The matter is completely clear,' Atletico's leading shareholder Miguel Angel Gil Marin told reporters on Tuesday.

'Their sporting director was given the power to negotiate with us and we agreed the price, conditions and the buy-back options with him. Jurado is ours.'