Ghubn blocks Malaga sale

Abdullah Ghubn, Malaga Vice-President and chief executive has ordered club officials not to accept offers for any of its stars.

A report in AS says Ghubn has returned to Qatar temporarily but has left the message that Malaga are not a selling club after proposals from Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur for midfielder Santi Cazorla were transmitted to the board by his representatives, Toldra Consulting.

Sources consulted by AS are understood to have referred to the €45m rescission clause in the former Villarreal player’s contract, saying that if it was met then 'only then would we open talks', and there is also believed to have been an offer for striker Jose Salamon Rondon from an unnamed club.

In the meantime, boss Manuel Pellegrini is still waiting for money to arrive as he looks to strengthen his squad for a first-ever assault on the Champions League, and has already informed the Qatari owners of the importance of bringing in new players 'if we are to compete effectively in three competitions'.

Under no circumstances do Malaga want to lose any their best players, four of whom – Cazorla, Rondon, Joris Mathijsen and the now retired Ruud van Nistelrooy – this week denounced the club for non-payment of wages, although this was later withdrawn, and Ghubn is keen to resolve any outstanding issues before the 2012-13 campaign commences.

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