Espanyol have decided not to impose any sanctions against striker Alvaro Vazquez after he denounced the club for non-payment of wages.
The 21-year-old, who is ready to quit the club, complained to the Spanish Footballers Association that Los Periquitos still owed him in the region of €500,000, but a report in Sport maintains that rather than suspend the player the club’s board want to rebuild bridges between Alvaro and his agent Josep Maria Orobitg.
“We want to continue to find some common ground with his agent and find the best solution for both parties in the coming days,” Sport quoted a source at the club as saying.
The Catalans, although desperate for Alvaro to make his peace and sign a new contract at Cornella El-Prat, do not want to appear weak in this situation.
“We will enforce the club’s position but will attempt to sort this matter out properly,” said the source. Alvaro’s contract expires in June 2013 and he will be free to negotiate with other clubs after January 1.
However, while Espanyol boss Mauricio Pochettino is hopeful he will stay Atletico Madrid are understood to be waiting in the wings with a €2.5m offer.