Joaquin: We’ve stayed out of things

Malaga’s winger Joaquin Sanchez has reflected that he and his teammates have focused only on footballing matters this summer at La Rosaleda.

The Costa del Sol outfit are in a state of financial turmoil, amid owner Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani’s decision to sell the club midway through his project.

Facing debts of €90m, the club have been forced to sell players to reduce their wage bill and to pay money owed to the tax office and to other clubs.

Joaquin, who signed for the club last summer after five years at Valencia, revealed that the team have not been getting involved in the surrounding issues, focusing only on their pre-season work.

“The team have all along stayed out of the affairs of the club, we have focused only on our work and let them do theirs,” he told assembled reporters at today’s Press conference.

“Thankfully things have calmed down a lot, which is what we all wanted and we are happy with this situation. Things works best this way.”

The winger is a slight doubt for the season-opener away to Celta Vigo after sustaining a freak accident in training.

“I’m fine really, what hurts me most is the rib, where I have a pretty big wound. We will now have to see if I have done something as it hurts enough to raise doubts, we will do some tests to rule out that anything has been damaged, then nothing should stop me travelling tomorrow.

“I was trying to stop a ball going out of play and as you can see the fences are pretty close to the pitch and with some bad luck one of the spikes in the fence was left poking out and I couldn’t stop, I tried but it was too late, and I’ve taken the impact.”

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