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Agent says Toulalan will quit Malaga

August 3, 2012
By Dermot Corrigan and ESPN staff

Jeremy Toulalan is set to leave troubled Malaga after only a year the club, his agent has said.

Jeremy Toulalan
GettyImagesJeremy Toulalan has quietly gone about his business at Malaga

Toulalan, 28, joined the Andalucian club from Lyon last summer in a £10 million deal, but his representative, Michael Manuello, has told Spanish paper AS that he is poised to depart just 12 months later.

"We have confirmation that Malaga cannot continue with its fantastic project," Manuello said. "To save itself, the club must sell players, and it looks like Jeremy is one of them."

Manuello suggested the former France international midfielder, who was capped 36 times by Les Bleus, could remain in Spain but played down rumours that Barcelona was a potential destination.

"We will think about what is best for Jeremy and his family, who are very happy in Malaga," he said. "Barcelona are not interested in Jeremy Toulalan."

With Malaga's Qatari owners looking to raise funds to pay debts and also lower the club's wage bill, other leading earners could leave La Rosaleda in the coming weeks. These look likely to include Spain internationals Nacho Monreal, Isco and Joaquin and Venezuela's Salomon Rondon.

Reports in Spain have linked Rondon, 22, with a move to Tottenham or Juventus. Former Osasuna defender Monreal could move to Valencia, who are in the market for a left-back after a move for Milan's Didac Vila collapsed on Thursday when the player failed a medical.

On Thursday, Malaga denied that their owners had refused to put more money into the club and said trying to comply with financial fair play rules was behind ongoing financial uncertainty.

Reports have linked several key players including Santi Cazorla - set to move to Arsenal - with transfers amid allegations of unpaid wages and bonuses. Some have suggested that up to six first-choice players could be sold, and it appears that coach Manuel Pellegrini will leave.

But amid speculation that Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nassar Al-Thani has pulled the plug on his investment, the club issued a statement in which it said was "restructuring" its finances.