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Salgado: Sevilla are struggling but Malaga's future looks rosy
Last Updated: April 25, 2012 1:37pm
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Michel Salgado told Revista that Sevilla need a "good summer" if they are to become a major footballing force once again.
"Sevilla have a big job ahead of them because I don't know if the manager Michel is going to stay."
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The Andalusia-based side finished third in La Liga at the end of the 2006/07 and 08/09 campaigns as well as winning back-to-back UEFA Cup titles in 2006 and 2007.
Sevilla's team during those heady days included an at-his-peak Frederic Kanoute, Brazilian hotshot Luis Fabiano and current Barcelona stars Dani Alves and Adriano.
But with plenty of squad changes in recent times, Los Rojiblancos' success has dwindled and they lie ninth in the Spanish top-flight following Saturday's 1-1 draw with Levante.
"It is a very disappointing season for Sevilla and a Europa League spot is the only chance they've got," said the former Real Madrid right-back.
"They have to finish the season and settle things down. They have a big job ahead of them because I don't know if the manager Michel is going to stay. They need a good summer job from the director and a good training camp."
Malaga, meanwhile, occupy the final Champions League berth despite winning just one of their previous five matches.
Los Boquerones have made steady progress since they were taken over by Qatari tycoon Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani in the summer of 2010, and Salgado believes Manuel Pellegrini's men will make further strides next term.
"Malaga need time," added the Blackburn defender. "They have spent a lot of money and [winger] Santi Cazorla is a very important player for them.
"They are settling and maybe next time is going to be better for them. I don't think they can challenge for the title but I think they can do better."