Real Mallorca goalkeeper Dudu Aouate has refused to be drawn into the controversy surrounding the non-existent relationship between boss Michael Laudrup and the club’s Vice-President and director of football Lorenzo Serra Ferrer. The pair have been at loggerheads since the Dane criticised Ferrer’s transfer policy over the summer, during which some influential players were allowed to leave the Iberostar Stadium and according to Laudrup were not replaced by others of similar quality.
Laudrup publicly criticised Ferrer’s buying strategy, describing it as ‘improvisation’, after which Ferrer – who is also Mallorca’s majority shareholder – issued a statement saying the club must come before any personal interests. He also reminded Laudrup of the delicate situation the cash-strapped club – in administration since May, 2010 – found itself in when he decided to take the reins just over 12 months ago.
The past few months has seen a number of key players depart, including leading scorer Pierre Web