Malaga confusion over Javi Garcia

Malaga’s owner was forced to deny a falling-out with his Coach after they contradicted each other publicly over Javi Garcia.

Malaga boss Michel Gonzalez asked the club for more signings after they lost the Costa del Sol Trophy to Lazio on Saturday, which marked their sixth straight defeat in preseason.

He confirmed one of his targets to be Garcia, but Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani took to Twitter later that evening to “close the door” on the Zenit St Petersburg midfielder.

The apparent difference of opinion prompted speculation that Michel and Malaga would part company, but Al Thani returned to social media to back his Coach.

“I trust him and I believe that he [will] make [sic] a big team,” he wrote.

“So please, I’d not want anyone [to think] there is no trust between me and the Coach.

“The hunter in the turbid water… my words are clear to everyone. With all my respect and appreciation to everyone.”

Despite bringing in several new faces, among them former Swansea City and Eibar striker Borja Baston on loan, the Andalusians have spent just €5m this summer.

Tags Javi Garcia Michel Gonzalez Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani