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Getafe’s move for Ignasi Miquel put on ice – for now

Malaga may not have had a season to remember, but one player stood out as the side were relegated to Segunda: defender Ignasi Miquel. The former Barcelona and Arsenal centre-half joined the Costa del Sol side at the start of the January window and his performances since then have attracted the interest of a number of La Liga sides. The first to make their interest firm was Getafe but offers so far have fallen well short of his 3.5-million-euro release clause, according to Malaga-based newspaper Diario SUR. With Malaga unwilling…

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Nastic keeper Dimitrievski set for big move

Nastic’s Macedonian goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski is close to completing a move to Malaga, according to Cope Málaga and various Catalan news outlets. At 1.88 metres, the full international with Macedonia is the commanding stopper Malaga have identified to replace Roberto Jimenez whose loan from Espanyol has concluded at the end of the season after Malaga’s relegation to Segunda was confirmed. According to reports coming out of Tarragona, Dimitrievski could cost in the region of one million euros. The 24-year-old has played in Andalusia before having represented the reserve teams of…

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Malaga hopeful Michael Santos will stay to lead the line next season

Forward Michael Santos, who scored 17 goals in Segunda on loan at Sporting Gijón last season, is wanted back at La Rosaleda this year to provide competition up front for youngster Youssef En-Nesyri. Despite being one of three players whose wages haven’t been halved because of relegation (Federico Ricca and Juanpi are the others), Malaga have welcomed him back for preseason training after the player turned down a reported 3.5-million-euro move to Danish side FC Copenhagen, according to Malaga-based newspaper Diario SUR. Having already adapted to the division, new coach…

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Luis Enrique, new Spain coach

Luis Enrique is the man tasked with taking the Spain national team into a new era, it has been announced, after Fernando Hierro stepped aside as coach. The 48-year-old has signed an initial two-year contract but will not be officially unveiled until next week, said Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales. “We have two very intense and important years [ahead of us] and the new coach fits all of the requirements [we were looking for],” said Rubiales, who also admitted: “We didn’t approach anyone else, we only spoke to…

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Muniz appointed Malaga coach for the third time

Malaga’s search for a head coach is over. Juan Ramon Muniz signed a two-year contract on Wednesday morning to lead the Costa del Sol club in their pursuit of an immediate return to La Liga. It’s third time lucky for Malaga after the move twice collapsed this summer. The first time, then sporting director Mario Husillos approached Muniz just after he got the sack from Levante in March and Malaga were still fighting relegation. However, Muniz distanced himself from the role having failed to recieve the guarantees he was seeking.…

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Malaga starlet En-Nesyri earns surprise World Cup call-up

It may not have been the domestic campaign he was hoping for, but young Malaga forward Youssef En-Nesyri is now headed for the World Cup after being called up for Morocco as a late replacement for defender Badr Banoun. Despite being Morocco’s captain for the African Nations Championship, Banoun lost his place in the final 23-man squad for Russia as coach Herve Renard opted to accommodate an extra attacker. The Fez-born striker, who became Malaga’s first-choice forward at the turn of the year, scored a total of four goals in…

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Isco just third ever player from Malaga to go to a World Cup

His inclusion on the plane to Russia may not have raised many eyebrows, but by being part of Julen Lopetegui’s confirmed 23 on Monday, Benalmádena-born Isco became only the third player from the province of Malaga to go to a World Cup. The midfielder, who helped Real Madrid to Champions League victory with a 3-1 win over Liverpool on 26 May, joins an elite club which until now only had two members. The first was legendary forward Juanito. Born in Fuengirola in 1954, he went on to represent Spain at…

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Malaga ask for relegation parachute payments all in one go

In a bid to get back to the top flight at the first time of asking, Malaga have already told La Liga that they wish to claim the so-called parachute payments due to them in full next season, reports Diario SUR. Though the club is in complete disarray with no one occupying the roles of head coach, sporting director or chief executive, according to the Malaga-based newspaper, directors have already expressed their wishes to La Liga. Generally speaking, relegated clubs tend to claim these payments over the first two seasons…

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Mauricio Pellegrino named Leganes coach

Former Southampton, Alaves and Valencia manager Mauricio Pellegrino has been named the latest head coach at La Liga side Leganes. The Madrid-based outfit, who finished just one place (but 14 points) clear of the relegation zone last season, have given the Argentinian his first job since being sacked by Southampton after a disastrous nine-month spell left them scrapping against relegation. However, in Spain the 46-year-old’s stock is still high after, in the 2016-17 season, he took the recently-promoted Deportivo Alaves to the Copa del Rey final, losing only to Barcelona.…

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Former Hercules boss Esteban Vigo expresses interest in Malaga job

Former Malaga midfielder Esteban Vigo has issued a come-and-get-me plea to his former club as their search for a new head coach continues. “I’d be thrilled to coach my home team,” the 63-year-old, who has been without a job since 2013 when he managed Xerez, told Canal Sur Television last week. According to Malaga-based Diario SUR, Vigo is one of several names shortlisted by the club after the approach for Juan Ramon Muniz was discarded by owner Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani. Asked whether there had been contact, Vigo said: “I can’t…

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