Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini admits he is ‘very sad’ at the sale of left-back Nacho Monreal to Arsenal on the final day of the January transfer window.
The Gunners swooped to sign the Spaniard late in the day, causing some to question whether or not Arsene Wenger was merely panic-buying to make sure Andre Santos didn’t have to replace Kieran Gibbs in the Arsenal starting lineup, after the first choice left-back was injured against Liverpool just a day before the window closed.
However, Pellegrini’s sadness at the sale clearly shows Monreal was a valued player at Malaga, and their loss is once again our gain, after we pounced on their financial worries in the summer with the relatively cheap signing of star player Santi Cazorla.
Speaking to Goal.com, the Chilean said:
“Monreal’s exit is a very sad moment for the team. It deprives us of a very important player who performed to the highest standards. Unfortunately, the reality of the club is what it is, and there is no way of hiding it. It was an option that came up at the last minute, and the club thought it was appropriate.
“I understand they have to try and balance the books, because the pressure is on us from all sides, and we have received punishments. It is a major loss to us in sporting terms.”
Now we know at least that it doesn’t just happen to us!
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