Malaga deny sale claims

The Qatari owners of Primera Division side Malaga have denied the club is for sale after making several new appointments.

Qataris insist they are not selling up

The Qatari owners of Primera Division side Malaga have denied the club is for sale after making several new appointments to the non-playing management team. Having sold Santi Cazorla and Jose Rondon there were reports that owner Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani was ready to sell a club he bought for 120million euros in 2011. But with the team third in the table and set to open their Champions League campaign against Zenit St Petersburg on September 18, Sheikh Al-Thani and vice-president Abdullah Ghubn are keen to hang on to their investment. Executive vice-president Moayat Shatat told a press conference: "We've invested a lot into this project and have no intention of leaving. "We love this club, and both Sheikh Al-Thani and Abdullah Ghubn are in full support, and very excited about this season. The club is not for sale. "The important thing is to find a balance with regards to investment, and do what's best for the club. "We've never said that we'd stop investing. We will continue to invest, but in the best way for the club. "We're looking into a new strategy, and have now created a new organisational structure so we can have more control over the club." The new appointments include Vicente Casado as general manager and Mario Armando Husillos as first team sports manager.

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