CAT LANDS IN MALAGA

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MALAGA have signed Uruguayan playmaker Marcelo Romero 'The Cat', who had previously played his entire career for Penarol.

Romero is known for his pace and tackling ability, although it is his passing skills that he has been bought for, with Malaga securing the player on a five-year deal.

Having won the Uruguayan League in 1997 and 1999 with Penarol, Romero certainly has the temperament to adapt to La Liga.  After announcing the signing, Malaga president Serafin Roldan believes he has the squad he desires for next season, although if Valencian striker Mista becomes available on loan, this could change his mind.

The 24-year-old is a Uruguayan international, and as he does not have dual nationality, will add to Malaga's foreign contingent.

Malaga see Romero as Jesus Movilla's natural replacement - the midfielder having decided to move to Atletico Madrid.

Roldan announced the transfer during his side's pre-season get together in Holland, although there was a degree of controversy to the move, with coach Joaquin Peiro believed to have preferred Russian Viktor Onopko.

Malaga are believed to be following a transfer policy of snapping up young talent that they can then sell on at a later date.

Meanwhile, Roldan said they would make an offer to Dario Silva (pictured) to extend his current deal with increased wages and also pay the other 50 percent of his contract which Uruguayan side Fenix owns.

Silva's agent Daniel Delgado stated to Europa Press: "Dario is happy in Malaga. That's the best option for everybody."

Roldan confirmed: "We want him to stay," and added that he hoped Dario would help Romero to adapt.