‘Schuster backed 100 per cent’

Vicente Casado has asserted Malaga’s full support is with Bernd Schuster and commented that more players complained about Manuel Pellegrini than him.

A difficult run of form sees the Costa del Sol outfit spending the November international break just a point above the relegation zone and with only three wins to their name all season.

However, the club’s general manager has made clear that they are completely behind Schuster.

“We continue to support the Coach 100 per cent,” Casado has stated on Cadena SER this week.

“We have bet on him and must learn to be patient to know that this situation can be retrieved with Schuster.

“We knew it would be difficult, many players have come and gone and we understand the difficulty with what we have done.

“We must trust Schuster 100 per cent. We believe in him and know that he is looking for the key, he is working long and hard about it.

“Doubts in the dressing room over the German? Last year there were more players who did not believe in the Coach [Manuel Pellegrini] than they do this season.

“Last year I had people who came to complain about the Coach. Every year there are problems with those not playing.”

The Anchovies have been linked with moves in the winter market, including picking up playmaker Yossi Benayoun on a free.

“We are watching the market and looking at the options. At a minimum there will be a reinforcement and from there we will see if anymore arrive.

“We are in contact with players and one of them is Benayoun. We are looking at our options, which is standard and we are studying other things.

“We have not yet signed him. He is a non-EU and we will have to move out a player if he arrives. It will be evaluated.

“The chances of departures is small. Interest in Willy Caballero and Sergi Darder? We will not sell either in the winter market.

“People are really selling that Caballero rumour. He will not leave unless someone pays his clause [of €20m] and he agrees to it.

“And Darder, how are we going to sell him in January? Right now we are focused on building the squad.”

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