Malaga News: The Imminent Exodus at La Rosaleda

With one game left in La Liga, Malaga have all but confirmed a Europa League place. If the court overrule UEFA’s ban, then they’ll be in the competition next season. In a season that’s been hectic, brilliant and overridden with politics (welcome to Spain), the Malaga fans have stood strong and by their side; a side which has showcased some outstanding talents, ones that had already shone at previous clubs and others that had made their breakthrough with Malaga.

This team, in the club’s first season in the Champions League, were four minutes of added time away from progressing to the semi-finals. Sheikh Abdullah al Thani, the owner of Malaga, in a burst of utter stupidity following the cruel defeat to Borussia Dortmund, claimed UEFA were racist; to this day, no one’s even deciphered where any sort of racism was present. There were talks of UEFA getting together to ensure that Malaga were to be knocked out before the semi-finals because of their Champions League ban – this stemmed from the fact that Dortmund had scored an offside goal, but Malaga had done the same a few minutes prior to that.

Amidst all the controversy, the team and fans have stuck together and done well in the league, having put all their eggs in the Champions League basket. For a defeat as demoralising as it was, Malaga have gone on to register three wins, a draw and three losses – not the best, but fairly well taking into consideration the whole Champions League saga.

Amidst the fairy-tale run, silly outbursts from the owner and a good league campaign, the Malaga fans have all but braced themselves for the storm that’s coming in terms of players leaving La Rosaleda. The well-documented Isco is the first name on anyone’s lips when speaking about Malaga. The Spanish midfielder has made waves in La Liga this season with his impeccable vision, footwork and stunning goals.

Isco Malaga

Isco (Wikimedia Commons)

It’s quite mind-boggling as to why no one tried to sign him in the January transfer window when his release clause was at a mere €17.5M; those who pondered on signing him will be kicking themselves now as Isco went on to sign a contract extension in the last week of January which bumped his release clause up to €35M. This wasn’t a sign of loyalty from Isco, as much as it was made out to be in the press conference when this news was released, but more of a masterstroke from the Malaga board in order double his price tag and make sure they’d get a worthwhile amount of money when he leaves.

Malaga’s sporting director, Mario Husillos, stated in the press conference that many European clubs have looked into signing Isco all season. But where will Isco end up? There have been rumours floating around that he’s been spotted with Real Madrid representatives in order to manufacture a move to the Spanish capital. This is where the problem starts arising for Malaga: they’ll undoubtedly want him to move abroad as it’d stop the player from coming back to haunt them and strengthen other teams in the league. The problem is, Isco is suited perfectly to the Spanish game – it’d be foolish for him to move abroad, unless something special were to happen – so Real Madrid would be the perfect move for him. Florentino Perez came out this week saying that Real Madrid have Kaka, Ozil and Modric and won’t be needing someone like Isco for the time being. The flawed thing about that comment is the fact that Kaka is almost certain to leave in the summer, whilst Modric hasn’t exactly set the world alight since joining for big money from Tottenham Hotspur.

But there’s one place in England that Isco could end up: Manchester City. The solid rumours that Manuel Pellegrini will be filling the vacant managerial spot in Manchester is one of the reasons why Isco may end up under the tutalege of a man he’s recently described as his “footballing father”. Pellegrini showed faith in Isco, a youngster who couldn’t really breakthrough at Valencia, and gave him a chance as the focal point in Malaga’s midfield following Santi Cazorla’s departure. Pellegrini is going to be the biggest miss of all for Malaga; managers like him aren’t aplenty in football. He gets his team together, ensures that they all bond as friends and team-mates, and fantastically  man-manages players.

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  1. Gooner_Gavin says:

    Shame to see Malaga having to deal with all this. Its always nice to see non-traditional powerhouses in the bigger leagues make moves to compete with the big boys but it seemingly all came crashing down for Malaga. We basically stole Cazorla from Malaga and it seems as if the same will happen with other players they have now.

    And the ‘racist’ shout from Malaga’s owner was a bit bizarre – no need for that, considering there’s already enough serious racist issues in football to begin with.

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