Josean Querejeta, the Alaves president, has said that he thinks his team will have been disrespected if they have not been informed that their on-loan left-back Theo Hernandez from Atletico Madrid has undergone a medical ahead of a move to Real Madrid.

Hernandez has had an excellent season on loan at Alaves and there has been interest in him from a number of Europe’s top clubs. It has been reported that both Real Madrid and Barcelona are willing to pay his €24 million release clause.

Earlier this week it was reported in the Spanish media that he had travelled to Real Madrid for a medical and was signing a five-year contract with the team.

However, when Querejeta was asked about these developments on El Transistor he said that he was “surprised” that it would have been arranged without Alaves being informed.

“We did not have any idea what was happening, we just learned via the media that he had done a medical,” he said. “We have a good personal and club relationship [with Real Madrid], so we were a bit surprised.”

He went on to say that it was an unwelcome distraction that “does not help much to maintain a relaxed and balanced atmosphere” ahead of Alaves’ Copa del Rey final against Barcelona on May 27 and said that despite the fact his club is small, they still deserve respect.

“These things happen, but people should wait until the competition is over for things like this,” he said. “We are a small club, just one year back in the Primera Division, but we must still be respected and told when a player that is with us at the moment does a medical with another club.”