Al Thani: Malaga a model club

Malaga president Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani has criticised sporting director Francesc Arnau but believes they can become a ‘model European club’.

Arnau – a former goalkeeper – was instilled in 2015 but a perceived lack of investment has seen the Costa del Sol club fall to the foot of La Liga, 11 points adrift of safety.

“There was a time when trust was lost with Francesc Arnau,” Al Thani told an interview with La Opinion de Malaga.

“There will be time to analyse the failures in this aspect, to clarify certain issues and to look ahead to the future.

“We must divert all our attention now to sustaining our position in the top flight and to make Malaga great.

“We believe this club will become a model throughout Europe and this is our goal, but we wish the mayor and local council would start supporting us and not campaign at our expense.

“We must ask why we pay more taxes for the same rights compared to those in the Basque Country, but we never find any answers.

“As owners we are responsible for the club and have to ensure we keep it moving forward, but it is hard to do so with this climate.

“We want to thank the clubs fans, they are the 12th man in the stadium and we appreciate them so much, and want to assure them we are doing all we can to maintain our status.”

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