Malaga striker Pablo Chavarría has agreed a new two-year contract with the club to keep him at La Rosaleda until at least 2023. The Argentinian’s previous deal was set to expire at the end of June and he was one of Malaga’s key players before a serious knee injury ended his season in March.
With Chavarría around halfway through his injury rehabilitation, the club have decided that the quality that the 33-year old brings is sufficient to give him a new contract, with which he will remain one of the team’s highest-paid players. Indeed, his five goals and two assists made him very influential before his injury.
Tying him down to a new deal was seen as one of sporting director Manolo Gaspar’s main objectives in the offseason and he praised the player’s “versatility in attacking areas and his dressing room presence that made him an important player for us last season”.
He is expected to return to action around mid-September, about a month after the season begins on 15 August.
Speaking about the new deal, Chavarría said: ”I’m very happy to continue here because the club has shown me a lot of faith since my injury. I hope to be back on the pitch soon.”
He went on to mention that he will be “staying in Malaga throughout June” to work on rehabilitation before taking a week-long break ahead of pre-season.
Regarding Malaga’s ambitions for next season, he commented: “The objective would be to do better than we did this year. But I think we have to wait and see what position we’re in when the season begins before deciding on exact goals.”
Chavarría also praised new boss José Alberto, saying that he has “been able to talk to him from day one” and that he is “looking forward to working with him once pre-season begins” on 7 July.