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Malaga sign Luis Hernández from English champions Leicester

Luis Hernández attracted Leicester's eye with a standout season for Sporting Gijón.
Luis Hernández attracted Leicester's eye with a standout season for Sporting Gijón. / MalagaCF.com
  • The central defender joins for two million euros on a three-and-a-half year contract

Malaga have added further reinforcements to their backline after confirming the signing of centre-back Luis Hernández on Tuesday. The 27-year-old joins from English champions Leicester City after enduring an unhappy six months in the East Midlands during which he made just four league appearances.

Despite a loan deal being mooted, the defender has joined on a permanent deal for two million euros on a three-and-a-half year contract

Hernández joined Claudio Ranieri's side from Sporting Gijón in the summer on a free transfer but found his game time limited. He was unable to displace the established pairing of Wes Morgan and Robert Huth, filling in as a make-shift right-back in the absence of Danny Simpson.

With the departure of Weligton and unconvincing performances from Bakary Koné and Diego Llorente, Malaga have found themselves short of defensive options, purchasing Martín Demichelis earlier this month as nothing more than a stop-gap. However, the club may now be forced into selling with Marcelo Romero having seven players competing for just two places. In addition to the aforementioned four, youngster Mikel Villanueva, the versatile Miguel Torres and academy graduate Luis Muñoz (who has started the last two games) will all be competing for places.

It has been announced that Hernández will wear the 24 shirt, last worn by Roque Santa Cruz, and will be presented to fans on Wednesday.