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Duda returns to Malaga as a youth scout

Former Malaga captain Duda has returned to La Rosaleda just months after announcing his retirement. The club legend will work under the newly-appointed head of the academy, Antonio Tapia, and will carry out scouting duties for all age groups.

Duda, who spent a total of 13 seasons in the Malaga first team during two spells, is the club’s record appearance maker, with 348, and also their third highest goal scorer with 35 goals – including one which secured top-flight safety in the 2009-10 season.

The midfielder was part of the side which won the Intertoto cup in 2003 but also the one which reached the quarter finals of the Champions League in 2012-13. He also represented his club at the 2010 World Cup with Portugal.

The 37-year-old, who this summer retired alongside Weligton and Martin Demichelis, is just one of several former players now working behind the scenes at the Costa del Sol club. The aforementioned Demichelis is a first-team coach while Josemi, a Champions League winner with Liverpool, came back last year to start work as match delegate.

Weligton, who has returned to Brazil to deal with “personal matters”, is expected to rejoin the club in some capacity in the near future.

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