Saviola: I am happy to return to Spain

New Malaga striker Javier Saviola is 'happy to return to Spain' after coming back to La Liga for the first time since leaving Real Madrid in 2009.

The 30-year-old forward has joined Los Boquerones on a one-year contract, and was full of praise for Spanish football, whilst also revealing why he decided to join Manuel Pellegrini's side.

“I am very happy to return to Spanish football,” he said in a press conference that unveiled him officially as a Malaga player.

“I hope to have a great season and demonstrate some attractive football. The main thing for me was to come to a club that is growing.

“The coach has put his trust in me. Both he and the club made a great effort to bring me here.

“From the outside, this looks like a very competitive team, but there is a friendship in the changing room which surprised me. I am very glad I came to this club.”

Another new signing, Roque Santa Cruz, couldn't be at the press conference as he is on international duty with Paraguay, but he did have a message for the fans.

“We must try to match or exceed last year's league position,” he said. “Playing in the Champions League is a luxury, but it must become normal for this club.

“I am happy for this opportunity,” he added.

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