Malaga have confirmed the signing of Vitorino Antunes from Pacos Ferreira after a successful loan spell with La Liga side last season.
The full-back arrived in southern Spain in January as a replacement for Nacho Monreal and impressed under Manuel Pellegrini in his 15 appearances.
He became a regular in Malaga’s side and played in the UEFA Champions League ties with Porto and Borussia Dortmund, and also scored his only goal for the club against Real Madrid in the league.
Despite Pacos Ferreira reaching the UEFA Europa League with their third place finish in the Primeira Liga Antunes has chosen to move to Spain, even though his new club will not be able to take part in the European competition due to a UEFA ban.
Antunes, who has also briefly played for Roma, signed a four-year contract and told the club’s official website that he was delighted to make the move and was looking forward to more success.
“It was a good decision for me to stay on at Malaga giving me the possibility to play in a big league,” he said.
“I’ve had an incredible experience so far and Malaga had a fantastic season last year.
“As a player, you couldn’t ask for more. I’ve got a lot of faith in the team for next season, particularly as expectations are so high.
“From a personal point of view, I’d like to perform better next year, as I believe I’ve got a lot more to offer Malaga CF, and I want to do as much for the team as I can.”