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The money problems that have plagued Malaga surfaced again in the wake of Wednesday night's 4-3 Copa del Rey last 32 first leg win at Cacereno, with coach Manuel Pellegrini and his players saying they would meet on Thursday to discuss their options after wages again went unpaid.

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Issues between Malaga's Qatari backers and their players appeared to have been settled in recent months as the team bounced back from a troubled summer to perform impressively on the field, with owner Abdullah Al-Thani even attending last week's 1-0 Champions League win over AC Milan at La Rosaleda and afterwards suggesting his investment would continue.

However, reports in the local media suggest that players are now angry that back-wages owed, which total €9 million, have not arrived by the end of October as had been agreed.

Speaking after Wednesday's game, Boquerones midfielder Duda appeared to confirm this and said the squad would be holding a meeting to decide what approach they would now take.

"We still do not know what we are going to do," Duda said. "The most important thing is to talk internally, then we will see what might happen. We will decide tomorrow (Thursday)."

Pellegrini, who was noticeably short when asked after the Milan match about his relationship with Al-Thani, admitted at his press conference that the issue was ongoing.

"We will talk tomorrow on the subject of the payments," he responded.

The Chilean coach made a number of changes for the Copa del Rey game, which saw US international Oguchi Onyewu score on his full debut and on-loan Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz net a brace.

"There were rotations and the players responded," Pellegrini said. "There is no reserve team. The pitch was difficult, heavy and the players were slipping around. The most important thing in these types of games is to win and we achieved that. We are on track to qualify."


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