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Schuster to leave Malaga

Bernd Schuster replaced Manuel Pellegrini at Malaga. Credit: PA

Malaga coach Bernd Schuster has announced he will leave his post at the end of the season, having been told by the club his services are no longer required.

The 54-year-old German took charge of the Andalusian team on a five-year deal last June, but results have been inconsistent this season and they lie 13th in the Primera Division table ahead of their final match against Levante.

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Malaga's Weligton Oliveira throws himself to the ground during La Liga match

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Malaga's Brazilian defender threw himself to the floor twice when challenging for the ball with Atletico Madrid's Cristian Rodriguez on Saturday.

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Messi to miss Malaga clash

Lionel Messi will not travel with Barcelona for Sunday's La Liga game at Malaga as he continues his recovery from a thigh injury.

A statement published on the Catalan club's official website confirmed Argentinian striker Messi, who scored twice in a 7-0 victory over Levante last weekend before limping out of a midweek Super Cup meeting with Atletico Madrid, would remain at the Ciutat Esportiva to receive further treatment.

Schuster: Doping is fine for treating injury

Malaga manager and former West Germany international Bernt Schuster has suggested that doping in football is fine, as long as it's intended to treat injuries.

I say, as long as it comes to the pure regeneration, I have no problem with it. If a player is fit again after an injury in two or three weeks, then it makes good sense. But not when it is intended to bring a player to 120, 150, 180%. So as long as it is not intended to increase his performance but intended to bring him back as quickly as possible to the right standard.

Some players have more pills and packs of tablets in their bags than deodorant and aftershave. And it is often just a state of mind. You could give them glucose and tell them it is good for them and they would take it.

– Malaga manager Bernt Schuster speaking to Bild

Schuster also revealed that footballers took "all sorts of things" during his playing career.


The Beast is off

Julio Baptista has left Malaga after reaching an agreement to rescind his contract with the Primera Division club.

The 31-year-old Brazil international, who has been with Malaga for two and a half years, now looks set to join Cruzeiro in his homeland.

Santa Cruz back with Malaga

Roque Santa Cruz has signed a three-year contract with Malaga, the Primera Division club have confirmed.

The 31-year-old Paraguay striker spent last season on loan with Malaga, scoring eight goals in 31 matches, and has decided to commit his future to the Andalusian outfit after leaving Manchester City this summer.

Demichelis aims for capital gains

Martin Demichelis enjoyed a happy spell with Malaga. Credit: PA

Martin Demichelis has joined Atletico Madrid on a free transfer.

The Argentina international centre-back has signed a one-year deal with Diego Simeone's side after his contract with Malaga expired on June 30.

The 32-year-old passed a medical on Thursday and then spoke to reporters about the move, saying: "I'm very proud to have joined such a successful and winning group. Next year the team will compete even more than last season and there are many challenges to face."

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