Malaga winger Javi Ontiveros sent on “indefinite period of reflection”

Malaga winger Javi Ontiveros has been sent on an “indefinite period of reflection” after an accumulation of disciplinary issues, according to Diario SUR.

Sources close to the camp say that the 20-year-old has recently broken the internal code of conduct but that the decision to exclude him from the group is not as a direct result of the latest infraction.

With his side in a delicate situation with just one point from six games, head coach Míchel is showing that a lack of discipline cannot be tolerated – as Ontiveros has discovered to his cost.

Ontiveros will train seperately from the main group for a period of time that has not yet been confirmed, but is expected to last weeks rather than days. However, he can use this time to continue his recovery from an injury to the the pubic area which has limited him to just four substitute appearances so far this campaign.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 captain and legend Duda, and is expected to be part of the club’s long-term plans having established himself in the second half of last season -after Míchel took the reins from Marcelo Romero- seeing off competition from former Eibar winger Keko.

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.

Source: La Liga News

Espanyol announce loan signing of Sergi Darder from Lyon

RCD Espanyol have sprung into action just before the transfer deadline by announcing the loan signing of midfielder Sergi Darder from Olympique Lyonnais.

The Catalan club will pay a €300,000 loan fee, with an obligation to buy the Mallorca born central midfielder for €8 million at the end of the season long loan.

The move comes as a surprise that the French club allowed Darder to leave. He made 35 appearances for the Ligue 1 side last season and had figured in all three of their league fixtures in the current campaign before returning to Spain.

The 23-year-old had spent two years in France after joining from Malaga, where he rose to fame with two seasons of first team football in the south of Spain.

Capped four times by Spain at under 21 level, he will now be hoping to show his best form once again in La Liga and may even be in with a shout of a place in the senior Spain squad if he can produce his best form.

It also resolves a selection headache for Quique Sanchez Flores, who has been hoping to add depth in the middle of the park. In Darder, there are few better players he could have added to his squad.

Source: La Liga News

Bordeaux announce La Liga loan move for Diego Rolán but Malaga are cautious

Despite the club’s official Twitter account confirming the deal, officials at Malaga CF are a lot more guarded.

French club Girondins de Bordeaux announced on Sunday that striker Diego Rolán would be joining Malaga on a season-long loan deal but insiders at La Rosaleda club say that negotiations are still ongoing and that details still need ironing out, according to Diario SUR.

A forward is the missing piece in the puzzle for Malaga who can only count on Borja Bastón, who joined on loan from Swansea City earlier in the window, and youngster Youssef En-Nesyri in attacking areas.

Rolán certainly fits the bill. At 24 years of age, the pacey Uruguayan international has attracted plenty of interest, including from La Liga rivals Deportivo La Coruña.

However, it appears that Malaga have stolen a march and could confirm the deal before the close of the window later this week.

Rolán would occupy the non-EU spot in the squad vacated by Michael Santos, also Uruguayan, who has joined Segunda side Sporting Gijón on a season-long loan.

In his four seasons in France, Rolán has scored 32 goals in 121 games. After an initial rough settling-in period, the forward scored 15 goals in 36 games in the 2014-15 season and last year bagged nine in 29 appearances after falling behind Alexandre Mendy and Gaëtan Laborde in the pecking order.

Bordeaux, however, still have high hopes for him and this week have extended his deal with the club by another two years.

Should he sign, Diego Rolán will be Malaga’s twelfth summer signing, joining Roberto, Diego González, Paul Baysse, Borja Bastón, Cenk Gonen, Adrián, Emanuel Cecchini, Andrés Prieto and Esteban Rolón (plus Zdravko Kuzmanovic and Juankar who made their loan deals permanent) in passing through the revolving door at La Rosaleda.

Source: La Liga News

Pablo Fornals to Villarreal

Pablo Fornals has, as of this morning paid his buy-out clause to La Liga.

The club in question has since been confirmed as being Villarreal. With the 21 year old quick to update his twitter bio to being a Villarreal player following the signing of a 5 year contract.

With a low release clause of only €12 million – Fornals should prove a fantastic capture going forward for Villarreal. Comfortable working in both directions from the centre of the park and after scoring 6 goals and creating a further 2 last season, the 21 year old’s technical quality should take some of the load off Manu Trigueros this coming season for The Yellow Submarine.

A real star in the making, Fornals was one of the breakout stars of the past La Liga season.

The Spaniard has the potential to reach the ultimate heights within the game.

He may not be as dominant in games yet, but still emerged as a key player for Malaga.

Was rumoured with a move to Arsenal as a replacement for Santi Cazorla early on in the summer. Such a move would have made sense footballing wise – but in moving to Villarreal – Fornals has ensured he will get sufficient game time.

This just shows that there is still value in the current market and every team doesn’t need to spend over €30 million for a first team player.

Source: La Liga News

Villarreal set to sign Malaga midfielder

Diario Sur have reported that Malaga midfielder Pablo Fornals is set to join Villarreal.

Villarreal’s summer recruitment has been impressive this summer with young Manchester City midfielder Enes Unal and Portuguese’ Ruben Semedo being the standout arrivals.

Boss Fran Escriba is looking to build on last season and push for a Champions League place this term and he is now closing in on the signing of 21-year-old Fornals.

Fornals impressed in large parts last season for Andalusian side Malaga and gained himself a Spanish senior call-up, making one appearance against Bosnia and Herzegovina in May 2016.

Interest from a number of clubs has been rife with Premier League side Arsenal having made enquiries, but with the news of a move to Villarreal being strong – it seems his future is now resolved.

The deal has been relatively easy with the young midfielder having spent five years with Villarreal during his youth career, before leaving for Castillon and then Malaga.

The Yellow Submarines are willing to pay his release clause of €12m deal, with contract terms being discussed.

Fornals’ expected departure will see Malaga have lost a number of key players this summer – seeing Jorge Mere join German side Koln, and both Carlos Kameni and captain Ignacio Camacho – all leave the club.

Source: La Liga News

Malaga seal Kameni replacement

Malaga are set to sign Espanyol keeper Roberto as a replacement for Carlos Kameni.

Kameni has been in superb form in recent seasons for Malaga, with standout performances against Barcelona and Real Madrid most notably last season – prompting the interest from the Turkish side.

Diario AS and El Mundo Deportivo are both reporting that Kameni will fly out to Turkey this week to sign a two-year contract with the option to extend to a third, leaving Malaga without an established number one keeper.

However, that has prompted Malaga officials to make a quick move for Espanyol stopper Roberto, with a deal said to have already been agreed pending a medical.

31-year-old keeper Roberto is expected to undergo a medical next week and link with Malaga boss Michel once more, after spending time under his guidance at Greek side Olympiakos.

Roberto began his career with Atletico Madrid before spending time with Portuguese side Benfica, Real Zaragoze and in Greece, before arriving back in Spanish football with Espanyol last season.

His time in the Catalan capital saw him make just three league appearances however, but a move to La Rosaleda is now likely to see him re-find regular playing time.


Source: La Liga News

Fenerbahce set to complete Kameni deal

Turkish side Fenerbahce are set to complete a deal for Malaga keeper Carlos Kameni, according to reports.

The Cameroon keeper was one of the standout players for the Andalusian club and has gained interest from a number of European sides and Fenerbahce have now contacted Malaga over a proposed deal.

Diario AS and El Mundo Deportivo are both reporting that Kameni will fly out to Turkey this week to sign a two-year contract with the option to extend to a third.

Kameni joins a list of wanted players by Fenerbahce, including former Deportivo La Coruna forward Lucas Perez, Man City’s Jesus Navas and Arsenal keeper David Ospina.

Kameni who arrived in Spain in 2004 to join Espanyol joined Malaga in 2012 and has featured in over 100 appearances for the La Liga side.

He has been capped no less than 71 times by the Cameroon national side.

Source: La Liga News

Real Madrid confirm Isco deal

Real Madrid have confirmed the signing of Malaga playmaker Isco.

Isco has been linked with a move away from Malaga for months, and the most likely destination would of been to follow his former manager Manuel Pellegrini to Manchester City.

But Isco is set for a medical next week ahead of completing a reported €27 million deal, which will keep him at the club for 5 years.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez told Radio Nacional:

"There is an agreement with the club and the player.

“Isco will be presented next week, just need to overcome the medical examination.”

Real Madrid close to Isco & Ancelotti

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has spoke out to say that the club are close to the signing of Malaga star Isco, and Paris Saint-Germain manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Ancelotti, has been said to be the next replacement for Jose Mourinho, who a few weeks ago linked back up with former club Chelsea.

Perez also confirmed that the club are close to signing Isco, which would mean fighting off a potential bid from Manchester City. The 21 year old, featured for the recent u21 European Championship winners, Spain.

Perez, the Madrid president, told 20Minutos:

"Now nothing has been signed,"

"PSG could announce an agreement tomorrow which would allow him to join Madrid. We hope that everything turns out well. My coach is Ancelotti.

"The signing depends on Paris Saint-Germain reaching an agreement with Ancelotti and announce their new coach, [Laurent] Blanc.

He then spoke about Isco:

"He has a big chance to be a Real Madrid player because he wants to go to Madrid and Madrid want him too.

"Isco is one of Spain's best players and the coaching team believe he's good enough to play for Madrid. I know he's excited to come. It's the same with me.

"If all goes well, we can announce his signing soon. Always after annoucning the coach."

'Golden Boy' Isco not going anywhere fast

The British press released 'exclusive' reports today which stated Malaga starlet, and the next of kin in Spains generation of talented midfielders Isco, was heading to the European Champions Chelsea for a reported £14 million.

It was immediately denied, and refuted, by many Spanish journalists who laughed off reports the youngster, 20, could be leaving La Rosaleda Stadium for the capital in England.

Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez, or 'Isco' as he is known in the footballing world, has come to light in the past two years since his move to the place of his birth, Malaga. The attacking midfielder started his career with Valencia, and after scoring 15 goals in the sides B team, moved to the new sugar daddy owner Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani's Los Boquerones, after the club activated his £5.5 millin buyout clause.

'The Golden Boys' rise to prominece has been fast, and was announced as the best player in Europe under the age of 21 in 2012 ahead of AC Milan stiker Stephan El Shaarawy and Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

The Spain u21 International, has a reported buyout clause of around £16 million under the terms of his current contract, which is higher than the fee reported by British tabliods this weekend.

Malaga, who have been in financial trouble over the past year, have secured their short term future in the past few days with news of an agreement with the Spanish Tax Authorities to pay back their remaining debts, which equal to around £4.5 million by March this year.

Due to this, the club are in no rush to sell another one of their prize assets who has contributed to a host of goals and assists for the club over the past two seasons.

The likes of Santi Cazorla made the move to The Premier League from Spain, and has been a revelation since his move across Europe,  although the Malaga playmaker won't be making any move to England, and a move to Stamford Bridge is pure fantasy at this stage.

With the abundance of talent Chelsea have in his position, with the likes of Oscar, Eden Hazard, and fellow Spanish compatriot Juan Mata, it would be a foolish move for the player, and could hinder his potential which is growing week by week in Spain by playing regularly.

For the time being anyway, he will be staying at Manuel Pelligrini's side where he can continue to play first team football, and look to finally gain his first senior International cap with Spain, after being part of the past two squads.

Who knows what the future holds for the trequartista, but it is clear if he continues his rapid progress, he will become a world class player in the near future, and looks likely to stay in Spain when he does leave the club, in favour of a move to long term admirers Real Madrid or Barcelona.