Luis Muñoz signs new deal to stay at Malaga

Luis Muñoz.
Luis Muñoz. / Malaga CF
  • The defender's future had hung in the balance all summer but his renewal has been confirmed now that the club has been able to make eight players redundant

Malaga fans had been waiting for the news all summer: Luis Muñoz has re-signed with the club after a long summer with his future hanging in the balance.

The defender's contract with Malaga expired at the end of last season but his renewal had been reliant on the outcome of the club's ERE mass redundancy plan coming to fruition.

An agreement was reached on Monday between the club and the committee appointed to represent those affected and it was finally ratified on Tuesday. This means that seven players (Juanpi, Luis Hernández, Dani Pacheco, Badr Boulahroud, Diego González, Renato Santos and Esteban Rolón) will be released on Saturday when they will be free to join other clubs.

The same will apply to Emanuel Cecchini, but this won't take place until his current loan deal in the MLS expires in January.

Muñoz is the fifth player to sign with the club this week, following in the footsteps of forward Pablo Chavarría and goalkeeper Juan Soriano on Monday and winger Jairo Samperio on Tuesday.

Before Muñoz, defender Josua Mejías, 23, was the latest to arrive, joining on a season-long loan from Leganés late on Tuesday.

One space left to fill

Despite having made 13 new signings already, the work is not done for sporting director Manolo Gaspar.

Defender David Lombán, who was included in the ERE, will remain at the club after agreeing to take a pay cut and signing a new contract until 2022. Likewise, midfielder Mohamed Benkhemassa will remain part of the squad as his wages were relatively low to begin with.

This means that with the three survivors from last season (Muñoz, Benkhemassa and Lombán), plus the 13 signings and the conversion of defender Juande's contract into a professional one, that one place can still be filled before the transfer window closes on Monday, 5 October.