Ramos: Camacho will stay

New Malaga Coach Juande Ramos predicts Ignacio Camacho will stay at the club and confirms he wants a goalkeeper and a striker.

Ramos returned to La Rosaleda this summer to replace Rubin Kazan-bound Javi Gracia, and has spoken to AS about the team he inherited, and explained why he left in the first place more than 10 years ago.

“My feeling is that [Camacho will stay] because the lad is happy with his teammates, with the team, and is working in an excellent manner. I don’t understand why, if a team wants to sign him, they don’t put up the money and take him, not wait for the end of pre-season when he hasn’t been able to prepare or get to know his teammates and adapt,” Camacho noted.

“The club has made an effort to buy 100% of his rights and that speaks to the importance given to the player and he knows it. He has a specific weight within the squad. The value of his buyout clause is a bargain for any team. That’s my fear, that any team with aspirations can reach it and take a great player.”

Guillermo Ochoa has left Malaga, for Granada, and Camacho acknowledged the need to sign a replacement to back-up Carlos Kameni.

“We believe that with Ochoa’s departure we need to have another goalkeeper, if we get a difficult injury to Kameni it would help the team, knowing we have Aaron and Samu Casado behind,” he said.

“We don’t want to take unnecessary risks. We know we can’t make a big investment in that position and we have to assess age, if they’re an international, if they’re at the Copa America or the Africa Cup of Nations, et cetera.

“A forward? That’s one of the positions about which I’m talking to the sporting director. The ideal is to always have two players per position so that the player can’t relax and say ‘the job is mine.’”

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