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Following a summer of perceived inactivity, Malaga CF club president Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani went on a charm offensive this week amid growing discontent among the fanbase. At the time of going to print, with just eight days until the start of the season, Malaga have been the least active side in the transfer market, signing just one player, Shinji Okazaki on a free transfer from Leicester City.

However, much work is still to be done. Last week, La Liga announced in a statement to agents that Malaga were unable to register any new players having surpassed the league wage cap. This is still currently the case.

With this in mind, Al-Thani took to Twitter on Wednesday to appeal to the fans directly (it began with the words “My message to everyone”).

“I know it’s [a] difficult moment But Everything we will solve it soon [sic],” he said, finishing his tweet with: “Please do not worry at all”.

The sheikh also used Twitter, his most used means of communicating with fans, to say that defender Luis Hernández, currently missing through injury, was not for sale.

Official statement

Al-Thani’s comments were followed up on Thursday by an official club statement, echoing the sheikh’s sentiments.

The sheikh, it said, “knows the great history of this Club and, together with the rest of the management team, has been working hard to ensure Malaga CF is in the best possible position ahead of the start of the upcoming season”.

It continued: “We ask for confidence in the presidency, the Board of Directors and the management team. We are convinced the team will achieve great accomplishments that will be shared by the city and the fans.”

With the clock ticking, Al-Thani is keen to boost his standing among the fans who are growing increasingly frustrated as the club goes through its most difficult period of the past decade.

Despite the unrest, however, a protest organised for last week against the “worrying paralysis around the club caused by Al-Thani” only gathered around 20 supporters in Plaza de la Constitución in the city centre.