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Apr, 5, 2013

Malaga stars told ban 'will be sorted out'

Malaga midfielder Jeremy Toulalan has said that the Spanish club's officials have told the players their UEFA European ban "will be sorted out".

Earlier this season, European football's governing body said Manuel Pellegrini's men, fifth in La Liga, would be banned from continental competition should they qualify in any of the next four seasons because of the club's debts.

Sunday's deadline for the Champions League quarter-finalists to show they had met UEFA's financial demands passed without further news, meaning the ban could be extended.

Toulalan, 29, said he hoped he would not be sold to ease the club's perilous financial position and told L'Equipe the squad had been assured that their efforts on the pitch would not be in vain.

"In France, Malaga are always being talked about because of the financial problems but, after Barcelona and Real Madrid, they're one of the Liga clubs which most regularly pays its players," he said.

"In most of the other clubs, players are owed much more in back pay. There's the problem of the suspension if we qualify for European competition again, but the board have told us that will be sorted out."

Toulalan has been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid to help balance the books, but the former Lyon man, whose contract runs until 2015, is not keen to leave.

"There's a real quality of life, we're playing in the Champions League and I have a very good relationship with my coach," he said.

"I don't know what the future holds, but every day I enjoy going to training. Ideally, I'd like to stay. I'm happy here - it would be difficult to be even happier."

Toulalan was banned for one France international match after being accused of leading a boycott of training under coach Raymond Domenech during the 2010 World Cup.

He has not represented his country since, and is all but resigned to the fact his international career is over.

"People seem to be talking about it [a recall], but I'd prefer if they just left me out of that debate. I don't think I'll be called up again," he said.

"I understand that the page has been turned, and the coach calls up other players. But of course I would be proud and happy to return, even for a match just to help out if there's a cascade of injuries."

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