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.