Badr Boulahroud joins Malaga to get summer of transition under way

Badr Boulahroud is Malaga's first recruit of the summer.
Badr Boulahroud is Malaga's first recruit of the summer. / Malaga CF
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Malaga have signed Moroccan central midfielder Badr Boulahroud on a three-year contract, their first signing of the summer as they prepare for life in the second division next season.

Boulahroud joins from Moroccan first division side FUS Rabat and arrives in time for the club's pre-season preparations.

The 25-year-old has made one appearance for his country's national team, but has not featured for them since 2017.

Malaga believe the player offers versatility, is comfortable in possession and can operate in an attacking role within the side, though is primarily a 'number six'.

The deal could signify the beginning of a squad overhaul over the next weeks. Defender Bakary Koné has attracted attention from Turkish club Trabzonspor, after the president publicly announced his interest in the central defender.

Boulahroud is now the second Moroccan competing for a place in the first team, alongside fellow countryman and striker Youssef En-Nesyri, who scored in the group stages against Spain in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Juan Ramón Muñiz's players begin pre-season training on Monday.