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Roberto Jimenez says loan spell at Málaga to end if they are relegated

Roberto Jimenez says loan spell at Málaga to end if they are relegated

Málaga goalkeeper Roberto Jiménez has said that if Málaga go down he would not stay with them and instead head back to Espanyol, where he is on loan from.

Roberto arrived at Espanyol in June 2016, but was second-choice goalkeeper behind Diego López which is why he opted for a Loan move to Málaga the following season.

According to Marca.com, he said “If we don’t meet our objectives, I have to go back to Espanyol. That’s a reality. We have played 31 games and we can’t let our efforts be affected by this situation.”

Málaga are most likely to be the first team to be relegated this season with just 21 points, ten away from safety, having won just four games all season and facing Real Madrid this weekend. However Roberto says the team are willing to fight until the end “We are in a serious situation, but nothing is impossible, but I wouldn’t say it’s irreversible. We see it every day across every level in football that anything can happen. As professionals we will keep going and give it our all on the pitch until May 20”.

During this interview there was also time for some auto criticism, when asked who was to blame for Málaga’s season he said that it’s not just down to one sector of the club, but that as players, they are the ones who go to the games every week and win or lose games which is why he feels the players have more of a responsibility.

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Roberto says the club’s main task is to give hope to people, and show them that “we wear the shirt with pride.”

Lastly he spoke about Real Madridwho are Málaga’s rivals on Sunday (La Rosaleda stadium, 19:45 BST). Roberto said that although they are a team to be threatened by, they have so much work to do on themselves they have left Madrid “in the background.”