Rabat - Morocco's Hachim Mastour signed for Malaga FC on a two-season loan.
Rabat – Morocco’s Hachim Mastour signed for Malaga FC on a two-season loan.
But Spanish Sports daily newspaper MARCA said Mastour was not in the radar of the Andalucian club and that the team’s coaching staff was happy with their available options.
MARCA said that Mastour was in fact a personal request of Malaga’s owner and president Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Thani.
The member of the Qatari ruling family is believed to have bypassed sporting director Mario Husillos in engineering Mastour’s move from the Rossoneri to the La Rosaleda side.
According to the same source, Al-Thani’s eagerness to sign the Moroccan 17-year-old wonderkid did not please the team’s sports management and coaching staff.
“Will have to see how this affects the development of the club and the team in the coming days,” MARCA said.
The Moroccan international joined the Andalucians on Monday before the close of the summer transfer window.
The former Real Madrid’s target contract includes a buy-back option in case Malaga opted to purchase the midfielder at the end of the season for a fee of around €5M.
Mastour is the eighth signing of Malaga this season.