Real Madrid's B team, and Castilla, captain Alex Fernandez has been sent to oblivion by the club after talks regarding his contract extension reached a stalemate.
The player is not quite pleased with the offer forwarded to him by the club's officials.
The capital club's second team played it's first pre-season match without it's captain on the field. But it had nothing to do with his fitness, rather the club seems to be sending out a signal to the player that if he is unwilling to extend on their terms, they would better not do with his services.
This has come as a major blow to the player with just two weeks left for the start of the season. He wants to play first-team football but the club can't afford him that opportunity.
The Madrid board offered him a four year contract extension deal which, although being financially lucrative, does not contain any option to play him in the first-team.
The 20-year-old midfielder is apparently not very pleased with the idea of spending four more years with the reserve side and had the offer rejected by his agent.
The club has responded to the snub by informing the player and his agent that in such a case, they are happy to let him warm the benches while preparing a team with players who have committed to the club for the long term.
Alex, whose elder brother Nacho is set to play a more active role in the first-team squad next season, doesn't want to be earning a good salary while playing in the Spanish Segunda division.
The club has also apparently told the player's agent that they are in no hurry to re-start the negotiations after the player rejected them.
With his contract set to expire in 2014, the most likely outcome to the situation should be that the club asks him to leave, as he will be available for free next summer.
Alex has been with the club since the age of 12 and is seemingly hurt by the club's hard nosed response.
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