Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino has issued a formal complaint against former club Alaves over unpaid money.
Alaves have insisted that outstanding monies owed to Pellegrino have been paid, whilst conflicting reports claim they still owe half-a-million pounds.
Pellegrino guided the La Liga club to the Copa del Rey final last season but left to take over at Premier League side Southampton.
The Argentine coach is now demanding up to €500,000; a figure derived from outstanding money from his contract, it is claimed.
Marca claim Pellegrino and his staff Xavi Tamarit, Carlos Compagnucci, David Rodriguez and Javier Lopez Vallejo are all owed €100,000 each.
According to Diario de Noticias de Alava, Pellegrino is planning to take his former club to court over their breach of contract.
However, the Basque club have countered the claims by officially releasing a statement on their website.
“In light of the press reports that speak of details of bonus payments to Mauricio Pellegrino, Deportivo Alaves SAD states:
“1. The bonus amounts included in Mauricio Pellegrino’s contract have been paid in full.
“2. The bonuses in question relate to: avoiding relegation, the Copa del Rey and League finish.
“Mauricio Pellegrino, through his representatives, is demanding an additional bonus, which wasn’t included in his contract and alleges that he is owed a part of the players’ bonuses.
“Deportivo Alaves SAD conclude that they have fulfilled Mauricio Pellegrino’s contract in its entirety.
“We believe that we should not pay twice for the same thing.”
Alaves, who have had a struggling start to the La Liga season entered the international break with a 1-0 defeat to Espanyol and they must now prepare for the visit to Getafe.