Baptista’s Malaga future in doubt

Julio Baptista’s future at Malaga is in doubt unless he is prepared to take a substantial pay cut.

The Brazilian international is now the best paid player at the club following the departures of Joaquin, Martin Demichelis, Jeremy Toulalan, Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal, and has been linked with a move back to his native country with Internacional de Porto Alegre.

However, with Malaga’s new austerity policy now in place Los Blanquiazules will be looking to offload him unless they can come to an agreement with the 31-year-old, something new boss Bernd Schuster said this week he is hopeful can happen.

“I don’t know if we can arrive at a solution so that Julio stays. If we are talking about him as a footballer then I prefer he remains here as I know what he’s capable of.

“If he stays free of injury and gets some luck then he would be an important cog in our team as he possesses a lot of quality and is a model professional,” commented the German.

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