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Malaga's youth budget to fall to less than 2.5 million euros

The Atlético Malagueño squad last season.
The Atlético Malagueño squad last season. / Germán Pozo
  • Following relegation and a failed attempt at returning to the top flight, significant cuts are set to be imposed on spending

Once upon a time investment in the youth ranks at Malaga was a priority. However now, following relegation and a failed attempt at returning to the top flight, significant cuts are set to be imposed on spending.

The budget for youth development was set at 4.3 million euros last year but with the first team remaining in Segunda, and the reserve side Atlético Malagueño being relegated from Segunda B back to Tercera, that figure is set to be slashed to around 2.5 million euros - a stark contrast to the six million euros afforded during the time when the Academy was the envy of many sides across Europe.

With the likes of Iván, Keidi Bare, Álex Mula, Hicham and Jack Harper graduating to the first team, Malagueño's squad next year is now likely to be made up of an even younger core, built around Hugo, Iván Jaime and Juan Cruz, with even less room for readying players for the first team.