Maresca extends Malaga contract

Malaga have announced that Enzo Maresca has been granted a one-year contract extension.

The 32-year-old’s future at La Rosaleda had been in doubt after his contract ran out on June 30, 2012, but the Italian midfielder has reached a verbal agreement with the Malaga hierarchy and will put pen to paper on Tuesday.

Maresca was signed from Olympiakos Piraeus on a free transfer in January 2011, with his career having since had something of a renaissance at La Rosaleda after appearing to stagnate in Greece following a €1.5m move from Sevilla in 2009, where he had picked up two UEFA Cup winners medals, a UEFA Super Cup, a Copa del Rey and a Supercopa de Espana.

Last term Maresca – who also numbers Cagliari, West Bromwich Albion, Juventus, Bologna, Piacenza and Torino among his former clubs – made 19 La Liga appearances for Manuel Pellegrini’s team with two goals, although he started just nine times.

However, the Chilean sees his influence in the dressing room as vital despite mainly being seen as a squad player and will be banking on his experience as Los Blanquiazules embark on a first-ever Champions League campaign.

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