Malaga Academy project finally gets under way after seven years of delays

Malaga Academy project finally gets under way after seven years of delays

February 18, 2018 Off By Daryl Finch

After seven years of hold-ups, building on Malaga’s long-awaited Academy project is set to start after the project was officially presented this week.

This comes after the club finally resolved issues with its foundation, the owners of the project, and signed a deal with a construction company, narrowly avoiding missing the deadline set by Malaga city hall.

Malaga-based construction company Bilba, with whom owner Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani’s daughter Hamyan signed the deal last Wednesday, will be responsible for the contruction of the buildings. They won’t, however, build the three pitches – these will be left to sporting specialists.

The first phase of the project, of which there are three, will get under way imminently, with the whole project expected to be complete in time for the start of preseason in July.

Besides the playing staff, this will be the only asset owned by the club, with La Rosaleda stadium owned by the city hall.

Given the club’s reputation for developing young talent, it is hoped that this investment will give an immediate return. In recent years, the club has made a large return on academy projects such as Samu Castillejo, Juanmi and Pablo Fornals.

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The new 4.5-million-euro complex will be built on land in the Arraijanal district of Malaga, on the coast and close to the city’s airport.