Malaga players sweat on Al-Thani

Malaga players travel to face Cacereno in the Copa del Rey in midweek without knowing if they will receive money they are owed.

Owner Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani has until Wednesday to pay part of the almost €10m the squad are due in wages from last season, although chief executive Vicente Casado and financial director Manuel Novo are actively seeking other forms of payment to pay off the debt.

The players were promised their salaries would be paid in full during pre-season training, when Casado travelled to their base at Campomar to reassure them.

However, sources close to the club have informed La Opinion de Malaga that Al-Thani has no plans to make any payments to that effect this week, with other cash still outstanding with various companies, suppliers and other organisations.

Casado told the newspaper the debt was not as much as had been reported, and the players are reportedly ready to wait until the October 31 deadline has gone until pronouncing on the matter.

In recent months they have ignored the problem and some are clinging to Al-Thani’s statement after the 1-0 Champions League win over Milan, when he promised further investment.

Nonetheless, the same sources claim the Qatari might want to negotiate a new date with the players and boss Pellegrini, something that is understood not to sit too kindly with several of them.

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