The season has barely finished, some matches are still being played and yet it’s almost time for footballers to return to work.
After dismissing LaLiga’s proposal to travel to South Africa, where they would have played only one game, Malaga have now confirmed their plans for their preseason which includes two large training camps.
The first, which starts soon, will be in Benahavís, but the largest will be in the Netherlands at the Hotel Bilderberg Groot Heideborgh in Garderen, where Míchel’s team will stay ten days, from 19 to 29 July.
While there, they will take part once more in the Schauinsland Reisen Cup, a quadrangular tournament in Duisburg, scheduled for Sunday 23 July, alongside local side Duisburg, Aston Villa and Hertha Berlin.
The players return from their holidays in two weeks, on 5 July, when they will undergo medical examinations before heading to Benahavís on the 6th. There, they will stay at the Gran Hotel, already familiar to the players, until the 14th when they take on Sheffield United in Coín for their first preseason friendly on the summer. Tickets for the game, which kicks off at 8.30pm, can be bought for eight euros in advance or ten euros on the day.
After a few days of rest, work will continue in the Netherlands.
The third phase
By the time August comes around, the club will be back in Malaga, training at the club’s own facilities ahead of a few more friendlies yet to be announced, and the Costa del Sol Trophy at La Rosaleda.
While this phase will most likely define the shape of the squad ahead of the new season, the club would like to have the majority, if not all of its business, concluded by 5 July.