Amrabat open to Malaga stay

Nordin Amrabat says he is open to turning his loan agreement with Malaga into a permanent deal.

The Moroccan international is on a season-long loan from Galatasaray, having spent the second half of last termat La Rosaleda on a similar arrangement, and the Costa del Sol outfit have retained an option to buy him for €3.5m.

It is something the 27-year-old is keen to pursue as he looks to further his European ambitions with Los Blanquiazules.

“I would like to play in Europe with Malaga, which would be a bonus, but it’s not a condition on me staying,” commentedthe Dutch-born player in an interview with Marca.

“Is Europe an objective? Well I don’t think the club can say that as it puts pressure on the players and coaches…but I think why not? Why can’t we talk about getting into Europe?

“If you want something then you have to go for it, but it’s a long season and it’s very important to collect points so that in March or April, with 10 games left, you can see where you are.”

Another possibility is through the Copa del Rey, which Amrabat believes Javi Gracia’s men must go all out to try and win.

“We have to take it seriously, put out our best team and give everything. Over two legs you always have a chance and all the big team are on the other side of the draw.

“Perhaps even reachingthe final might get you into the Europa League, so winning four or five games couldat leastget you into the semi-final or final.

“It’s the shortest way of getting into Europe,” he maintained, before talking of his special rapport with the Malaga fans.

“I chose this club because of the supporters because they love me and I love them. From the first game I played they’ve been behind me and I’m happy.

“I know there are more teams that want me, but right now Malaga is the best place for me and if they want me to stay then it’s very easy,” he concluded.

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