Malaga snap up Sevilla youngster to bolster defensive ranks

Malaga snap up Sevilla youngster to bolster defensive ranks
  • Diego González joins after his performances with Sevilla's B team earned him a call-up for the under-21s

After losing out on Jorge Meré in the transfer saga of the summer, Malaga have finally strengthened their backline with the signing of Diego González from arch rivals Sevilla.

The central defender, who shone with the Andalusian side’s B team, Sevilla Atlético, last season, will play back-up to the club’s established central defensive pairing of Luis Hernández and Paul Baysse.

Despite a lack of experience at the top level, the 22-year-old’s performances were enough to attract the attention of Spain under-21 coach Albert Celades who gave him a call-up last year, earning four caps since then.

His arrival could signal the departures of both Bakary Koné and Mikel Villanueva. The latter has attracted interest from Cádiz, while the former was excluded entirely from the club’s recent training camp in the Netherlands.

Meanwhile, head coach Míchel has admitted that he is looking for a loan move for Luis, who he feels at this stage of his career “needs to be playing regularly”. He has ruled out a move to Atlético Malagueño as they play at an “inferior” level to that of the player.

Full-back Cifu has been given an opportunity this summer, but he remains available after youngster Álex Robles impressed the coaching staff when given the opportunity.