Spanish forward Luis Alberto has revealed he's far from happy at his lack of regular game time with Málaga.
Luis Alberto headed to Málaga on loan last summer from Liverpool, hopeful of making plenty of appearances and of being a key player for the Costa del Sol outfit. However, despite a promising start for the 22-year-old, things haven't been working out so well.
At a press call following training on Wednesday, covered by the club's official website, Luis Alberto revealed: "I am not happy. I started the season playing all the time, but I've been left out of the team for various reasons. That's been up to the manager, but let's see how the season ends."
Luis Alberto made a promising impact on his Málaga debut, during the opening weekend of the season in August, scoring what proved to be the decisive goal in a 1-0 victory against Athletic Club Bilbao at La Rosaleda. Indeed, he also featured strongly in the first six games of the campaign.
The positive form of competitors in his position since, however, has left the Spaniard warming the bench more often than not. Although that's when he's even named in the squad. In total Luis Alberto has made six starts out of 15 appearances in La Liga, scoring twice. In the Copa del Rey he's played five games, making three starts and without hitting the back of the net.
Clearly less than impressed Málaga coach Javi Gracia isn't offering him enough opportunities to prove himself, Luis Alberto doesn't feel his time back in La Liga is being productive: "Given the minutes I've played, which hasn't been many."
Trying to remain upbeat, however, he added: "It's just another challenge for me. I have to make the most of the minutes I'm given, because when the team is playing well, it's harder to get in."
Acknowledging that he has no divine right to a place in the first-eleven though, Luis Alberto concluded: "It's up to me to turn this situation around and make the most of my opportunities, demanding the best from my self and trying to offer everything I've got to the team."