Malaga fail to pay players

Four complaints lodged with AFE

Malaga: Hoping to resolve the payment situation swiftly

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Malaga are negotiating a deal with their players after it was revealed that the club has not paid the squad up to 40 per cent of their wages.

The Andalucian club were bought by Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani from the Qatari Royal Family two years ago and finished fourth last season to qualify for the UEFA Champions League after significant investment in the squad.

Despite the wealth behind the club's owners, AFE president Luis Rubiales has revealed that the players have not been paid 35 to 40 per cent of their salary.

"I'm not speaking hypothetically. There is a situation of outstanding payments from 30th June. Currently the footballers are owed between 35% and 40% of their salary," he told Radio Marca.

Four official complaints have been registered with the Spanish Footballer's Association (AFE) and the club are holding talks with the squad during pre-season training.


Marketing and Development director Vicente Casado and sporting director Antonio Fernandez have received assurances that the complaints will not be upheld by the squad if the money is paid.

A deal in principle is reported to be in place with the club agreeing to pay the outstanding amounts in two blocks with one this month and the other in November, and if that happens then the four complaints will be withdrawn.

Representatives of the club's owners are set to visit but until then Casado has been the man speaking to the AFE to try and solve the problem.

"He's the only person I have contact with," Rubiales continued.

"He went to the trouble of speaking to us, willingly, trying to look for solutions. But there are other clubs that are also a concern."

Santi Cazorla, Joris Mathijsen, Salomon Rondon and Ruud Van Nistelrooy were named in the Spanish press as those who had contacted the (AFE).

However, a statement published on the club's official website on Wednesaday read: "Malaga football club would like to communicate that, at the expense of finalising the relevant administrative procedures, the players that had made a claim against the club have withdrawn it and agreed to a payment method that the rest of the first team squad had already agreed to."