In a statement on Tuesday, Debenhams confirmed that Sports Direct was one of a number of firms to have challenged the CVA.
The firm’s executive chairman, Terry Duddy, said: “We believe the challenges to the CVAs to be without merit and will vigorously defend them.
“Given the overwhelming support for the proposals from creditors, including over 80% of landlords, this is an unnecessary distraction as we implement our restructuring plans.”
A spokesperson for Celine, the consortium of Debenhams’ lenders that now owns the chain, said: “We note the spurious challenges to Debenhams’ CVA proposals, which were approved by the vast majority of landlords and more than 90% of all creditors.”
“The CVA provides a platform to deliver a turnaround in the business for which the lending group has committed £200m of new funding and remains supportive.”
Debenhams is the biggest department store chain in the UK with 166 stores. It employs about 25,000 people.
Sports Direct did not immediately respond to a request for comment