In-demand Spanish midfielder pays own release clause to join Villarreal

Villarreal have this evening confirmed the signing of Pablo Fornals from fellow La Liga side Malaga, with the youngster having paid his own 12 million Euro release clause to push the move through.


Fornals, a 21-year-old once-capped Spanish international, is viewed as one of the brightest young talents in Spanish football, with the attacking midfielder’s technical ability and eye for goal having led to links with some of European football’s biggest clubs this summer.

Premier League giants Arsenal were rumoured to be keeping a close eye on Fornals’ situation at Malaga, with a view to making a bid over the coming weeks.

Done deal

However, the Gunners, along with some of La Liga’s top clubs, have missed out on the talented starlet, with both Villarreal and Malaga confirming this afternoon that Fornals has returned to the Estadio de la Cerámica, where he made his name during the 2014-15 campaign.


Malaga confirmed on their official website this afternoon that Fornals had paid his own 12 million Euro release clause to secure the move, with Los Boquerones left with no choice but to release their star man.

‘Pablo Fornals has executed the payment of the clause of termination that linked him to the club.’

Footballers deciding to activate their own release clauses is not an uncommon occurrence in Spain, with tax issues meaning that the player provides the full sum outlined in his contract to his current club, before being reimbursed by his new side.

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