Malaga winger Javi Ontiveros has been recalled to the first team after being sent on an “indefinite period of reflection”.
The youngster, 20, was made to train separately from his colleagues after an accumulation of disciplinary issues, though none were believed to be serious. The most recent, though, following Malaga’s thrashing at the hands of Valencia (0-5) on matchday five, was the tipping point and with the side in a terrible run of form, it was decided that indiscipline within the camp couldn’t be tolerated, according to Malaga-based newspaper Diario SUR.
Throughout his fledgling career as he came up through the youth ranks, Ontiveros has been considered something of a rebel, but this summer he finally graduated from the youth set-up, signing a first-team contract.
This year he has inherited the number 17 shirt from former club legend and captain Duda, and is expected to be part of the club’s long-term plans having established himself in the second half of last season.
Playing predominantly from the right-hand side, Ontiveros is known for his pace and direct running. Last season, the youngster racked up two goals and three assists and is the latest prodigy from the illustrious Malaga academy which has in recent years produced the likes of Pablo Fornals, Samu Castillejo and Sergi Darder – all of whom have been sold for large fees.
Ontiveros returned to the squad during Malaga’s 0-2 home defeat to Leganés. He played just over half an hour as a second-half substitute.