Malaga defender Martin Demichelis has refuted suggestions that the team’s performance against Rayo was down to non-payment of players.
Demichelis and his teammates were due money owed from last season on October 31, but are understood to have accepted the club’s proposal to defer payment until the end of November after holding talks before last weekend’s game.
However, there have been suggestions since that Los Blanquiazules’ surrendering of their unbeaten home record to Rayo was because the players had been affected by the off-field problems, something the Argentine international contests.
“What hurts the most is reading or hearing that people might think we lost because of other matters, the money owed, and that hurts a lot,” explained Demichelis before boarding a plane to Milan for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with the Italians.
“The disorganisation or extra-sporting issues are not a recent thing and since then we’ve finished fourth in La Liga and won a Champions League qualifier.
“We lost on Saturday, didn’t play well and it hurt, but it was nothing more than that. On the social networks and from the comments I’ve heard, it also hurts to think that people feel we lost because of unpaid money.
“The best thing we can do is to get a victory against Milan in one of the world’s most beautiful stadiums.”