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Tuesday, 28 June 2011 13:01

“Not qualifying for Europe would be failure” - Malaga’s Duda

Winger outlines ambitions

Malaga have been one of the biggest spenders so far during the summer window, continuing their extraordinary rebuilding with several big-name signings. Portuguese winger Duda says the outlay will increase pressure on the team, who are now starting to think about winning trophies.

The Spanish club were bought by Qatari billionaire Abdullah bin Nasser last July, with the sheik promising to turn Malaga into one of the country’s top clubs. Former Porto coach Jesualdo Ferreira was installed as manager, only to be sacked three months later, replaced by Chilean Manuel Pellegrini.

Since the takeover, Malaga have invested heavily in their squad, signing the likes of Julio Baptista from Roma and Martin Demichelis from Bayern Munich during the January transfer window. So far this summer, the club have completed deals for Ruud van Nistelrooy, Jeremy Toulalan, Joris Mathijsen and Joaquin.

With more La Liga appearances for Malaga than anyone else at the club, Duda hopes to continue to be a part of the Andalucian revolution. Speaking to the press on Monday, he outlined the ambitions for the upcoming season. “To not qualify for European competition next season would be a failure,” he said. “The club is making a major investment in hiring world-class players.

“Last season ended positively because we were able to secure survival. The first half of the season was very difficult and most of the time we were in the relegation zone. Fortunately, we achieved excellent results during the second half of the campaign.

“I always wanted to play in Europe with Malaga and to win a trophy here. We will fight for the top spots in the league and who knows if we can reach the final of the Copa del Rey.”

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Comments (4)
4 Tuesday, 28 June 2011 17:19
He was one of their best players last season, but with the acquisition of Joaquin this year, he is going to have a top hill battle.
3 Tuesday, 28 June 2011 14:26
You are a failure.
I hope they fail
2 Tuesday, 28 June 2011 13:56
Like all Russian/Qatari/Middle Eastern owned football clubs now in Europe, I hope they fail.

Football is becoming more and more about those who have money, and those that do not.

Oh yes, and the World Cup is going to Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022. It makes me sick!!

I hope the new financial fair play rules next year will create a more level playing field. It would be great to see clubs like Chelsea and Man City banned from Europe but no doubt people like Roman Abramovich will find a way around the rules.

Malaga's new wealth still won't be enough to make La Liga interesting - a league which has become so uncompetitive it's barely worth watching apart from Barca-Real Madrid games. At least in Portugal we have 4 competitive teams now, although you could argue Porto are a class above the rest!!
I hope he realizes his dream
1 Tuesday, 28 June 2011 13:20
What is happening at Malaga is amazing.
It's incredible how these new billionaire owners are investing in mid to lower table clubs and trying to make them "World Class" instead of buying it outright.
The project at Malaga seems very similar to what is taking place in the EPL with City.
Blackburn is the other club in the EPL that has new ownership that could do the same. QPR has had it for a few, and is finally back in the Premiership, so we'll see.

It's always interesting to see what players take the cash to go early, because the odds are that they won't be there for the Silverware. Malaga finished 11th, and for them to compete with Real or Barca, would be a monumental task. One that would take a ton of money spent, which the new "fair play" rules could hamper.
Duda has been there a long time, and I hope he gets to play in Europe with the club he truely seems to love.

By the way, Pellegrini was with Villarreal and took the "little club that could" pretty far.

All in all, if the money was the same, I think I would take Malaga over many other cities in where to live.

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