Pellegrini foresees positive future

Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that unpaid wages will be honoured by Malaga’s Sheikh owner in the month of November.

The Chilean Coach confirmed reports that Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani’s assistant, Vice-President Moayad Shatat, met with him and the players on Thursday to explain why October 31’s deadline for paying the €10m total wages owed to them was missed.

 “It was common knowledge that the 31st was when to settle all payments due from last year, because this year is sorted with respect to payments. Yesterday there was a positive meeting between the team and Shatat,” revealed the Coach at his pre-match Press conference.

“The club have had their income embargoed [reported as the Champions League prize money by UEFA]. What followed was a positive meeting, it is always important to talk about these things.

“There was a lot of maturity and understanding on the part of the team and we have reached an agreement. It was a very positive meeting and the players have understood.

“For me, it is a closed issue, and for the players also. They have been very patient and like me are now focused on the sporting aspect.

“I am in contact with Shatat and I do not need more. I still have full confidence in what they are doing. I think they are going to meet that deadline. There is no fixed date but it is during the month of November. Everyone has understood Shatat.”

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