Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini
oversaw training on Thursday amid reports the La Liga club is
unable to pay his or the players' wages while their Qatari owner
looks to offload his stake.
The Andalusian side's preparations for the 2012/13 season,
which begins in less than three weeks, were also disrupted by
separate reports that said their Spain midfielder Santi Cazorla
was poised to sign for English Premier League club Arsenal.
Sports dailies Marca, As and other media all said that owner
Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nassar Al-Thani - a member of the Qatar
royal family - wants to sell up after only two years and is in
talks with several interested parties.
"It's impossible to ignore what's going on," defender
Weligton told a post-training news conference.
"There are kids who play with my son who are asking me about
it, who are crying, who ask if the team is going to be relegated
to Segunda B," added the Brazilian.
"It's a difficult situation to deal with after everything
that has happened, the big signings, the big player
"We were all expecting more signings, more surprises,
believing that the team would continue to be in fashion. But now
we don't know why all this has come to an end."
Al-Thani bought the Andalusian club for 36 million euros in June 2010 and heavy investment in players
helped them finish fourth last season and secure a place in the
Champions League playoff round.
However, financial problems at the club have cast doubt over
his commitment and he and his representatives have been
conspicuous by their silence in recent weeks.
The club published a brief statement on its website later on Thursday, saying it had "started a
process of internal restructuring".
This would help adapt to UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules,
which are designed to prevent clubs spending more than they
The restructuring was aimed at "guaranteeing the
self-sufficiency and sustainability" of Malaga, the statement
"This process, which does not mean some kind of investment
by the current owners is rejected, will include some changes in
the current organisation which will strengthen the club for the
future," it concluded.
Cazorla did not join his team mates for training at the
Rosaleda stadium, raising expectations the Spain midfielder is
negotiating an exit.
Other players, including French midfielder Jeremy Toulalan,
have also reportedly threatened to leave.
Weligton, who said the players had held meetings to discuss
the situation and were trying to get concrete answers from the
club, appeared to confirm that Cazorla was on his way.
"It's clear to us that we are about to close the sale of a
player and with the money we could resolve part of the big
problem that we have," he said.
"This situation cannot be maintained and we'll play with the
players we end up with, with players from the youth team or
whatever it takes.
"We still have confidence in the club, we know the problems
there are and we know there are people trying to find
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