The so-called ‘operación salida’ is already under way at Malaga and Turkish goalkeeper Cenk Gonen is top of the list of players on the way out, according to Diario SUR.
Cenk, who joined from Galatasaray in the summer after the departure of Carlos Kameni, finds himself third choice, behind Roberto and Andres Prieto in the pecking order. It is understood that neither his level of performance nor his attitude in training have been acceptable.
Not only were his performances poor during preseason, the club has been concerned by the number of injuries he has suffered (he has missed five games with knocks), as well as the number of training sessions he has missed.
The keeper was considered a high-risk signing in the summer given how little he had played since the 2012-13 season with 8, 2, 9, 1 and 0 league appearances, respectively. Regardless of this, he was signed to a three-year contract, a deal linked to the Kameni’s move to Fenerbahce. Diario SUR understands that as “compensation” for Kameni’s move, Cenk was offered to the club by the agent brokering the Cameroonian’s transfer.
However, since his arrival, his contribution has been minimal, putting paid to the idea of seeking a loan move for Prieto, who joined from Espanyol in the summer, to gain first-team experience. Instead, Prieto has established himself as the second-choice stopper, deputising admirably for Roberto in Malaga’s 0-2 defeat at the Camp Nou, in October.