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The second coming of José Rodríguez, as three-year Malaga contract is sealed

José Rodríguez (right) at his presentation on Wednesday.
José Rodríguez (right) at his presentation on Wednesday. / S. S.
  • Rodríguez is likely to fill the void left by the outgoing Alfred N'Diaye

José Rodríguez will be hoping for better luck this time as he sealed his return to Malaga on a three-year contract on Sunday.

The midfielder played just 452 minutes for the side in the 2015-16 season, starting just two games, but is reunited with his former coach at Deportivo La Coruña, Víctor Sánchez del Amo.

"Víctor believes that I have the qualities to be a real leader in this group," he said on his presentation on Wednesday.

Rodríguez, a product of the Real Madrid academy and famously given his debut by José Mourinho, is a holding midfielder and likely to fill the void left by the outgoing Alfred N'Diaye.

Despite having a good season last year, Malaga are keen to find a new suitor for N'Diaye, who the club is obliged to purchase at the end of his two-year loan from Villarreal. This is highly risky with the club in a delicate financial situation, so sporting director José Luis Caminero has been searching for a team to take on the current arrangement.

A deal had been reached with Getafe, however a Saudi Arabian side has now entered the scene, threatening to delay his departure while the Senegalese considers his next career move.