Iturra grateful to Malaga

Manuel Iturra has explained why he turned down a new contract offer at Malaga in favour of joining Granada, but insists he remains grateful to the Anchovies.

The Chilean midfielder opted against staying at La Rosaleda after last season’s notable debut campaign for the club, to move across Andalucia to rivals Granada.

“It was hard to make the decision. Luckily I had several options, some important from Mexico, England, Italy and Turkey,” explained Iturra to AS today.

“My representatives were informing me of the situation.

“It is true that Malaga made an effort and I am very grateful, but Granada came and offered me something that met all my expectations economic and sporting and for my family.

“It was hard at first to decide, but I spoke to Nadia my wife and decided to go to Granada.

“For my part there was no disagreement with Malaga, conversely so far last year was the best for me personally and in my career.

“If I made a mistake in leaving Malaga then I apologise, but I am very grateful to Malaga, both to the club and its fans.”

Reports last week were that Iturra was one of a list of players to have reported Malaga to the Players’ Association (AFE) for unpaid wages.

“It is an unknown issue, I found out yesterday through the Press. My agents and counsel will handle these matters.”

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