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Malaga CF's future still up in the air nearly a fortnight on

Víctor, during the last game against Deportivo.
Víctor, during the last game against Deportivo. / Salvador Salas
  • The club is expected to keep Víctor Sánchez on as head coach but conversations over the future direction are still ongoing

The clock is already ticking on Malaga and sporting director José Luis Caminero. Though the long Segunda season (made even longer by the side's participation in the play-offs) only concluded less than a fortnight ago, preseason training is just around the corner and there is plenty of work to be done behind the scenes to ensure that Malaga can remain competitive next season.

While the lack of activity so far is a concern to those outside the club, sources consulted by SUR say that a number of deals are close to completion and could be finalised within the next few days.

Priorities

Caminero has to manage three major priorities this summer: secure a new coach for next season, reduce the size of the squad and bring in new players who will improve the current group.

Víctor Sánchez is the club's first choice for the head coach role having turned around the team's fortunes during his brief tenure at the helm. A meeting was held with him and his coaching staff on Monday last week to outline the new reality for the club, in terms of financial limitations.

In this meeting it was made clear that a number of changes would have to be made in the way that the club operates, but principally with regard to the playing squad.

Though talks over a contract are yet to take place, within the club they are confident that a deal can be reached without the need for urgency.

More pressing is the need to move players on, especially those who are high earners, with the wage cap set to drop to around 50 per cent of what it was for last season. On this front, very little has been achieved so far, barring the decision not to activate the extension clause in Yevhen Seleznov's contract and Rajko Brežančić's imminent return to his home country and Partizan, as both parties look to terminate his contract by mutual consent.

However, it is only once the squad, currently consisting of more than 30 players, has been trimmed that new players can arrive.

Assuming that Víctor stays, Caminero already knows what profile of player he likes. However, if someone else is to take over, the list of targets may need to be recalibrated.

In any case, the hope is that half of the squad will be in place for the start of preseason in mid-July with the rest of the planning going down to the wire.