Rayo Vallecano president Raul Martin Presa has claimed that he was headbutted by Espanyol forward and former Real Madrid player Raul de Tomas’ agent during transfer negotiations, Daily Mail reports.
Rayo Vallecano began negotiations with Tomas’ agent Ivan Garcia regarding a summer transfer, which now looks to finally being edging closer.
Club president Presa has, however, revealed that he was attacked and hospitalised during the meeting, as he sported a plaster on his nose.
Speaking to Partidazo Cope Presa said: “It was a completely unexpected headbutt. It was the action of criminal, a very cowardly action and a very s***** action. Because if he gives me warning, then we fight.”
Rayo have since issued a statement following their 2-1 victory over Valencia, confirming that Presa has made a formal complaint against Garcia.
The statement read: “It is radically false that Raul Martin Presa assaulted Ivan Garcia.
“Ivan Garcia assaulted Raul Martin Presa by headbutting him in the face, late at night on Thursday.
“Precisely for being assaulted, Raul Martin Presa called the police, went to Accident and Emergency at a medical centre in order to receive medical assistance, and, immediately, made a formal complaint against Ivan Garcia to the police department.
“The diffusion of the fake news yesterday that we here have denied is a weak defence strategy from Ivan Garcia in the face of the legal issue he is facing.”
The bizarre transfer saga appears to be coming to an end, with Rayo Vallecano looking set to finalise a deal for De Tomas after months of negotiations – at least the transfer side of things.
De Tomas was heavily linked with an exit from Espanyol in the summer transfer window.
Manchester United and Newcastle United were even reported to be interested in the former Real Madrid man among plenty of other clubs.
However, a move failed to materialise before the window closed and De Tomas remains at Espanyol for now.
De Tomas joined Real Madrid in 2012 but never made any competitive appearance for the first team.
His only appearance for the club were in the B and C teams and was sent on loans to Córdoba, Valladolid and Rayo Vallecano.
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