Villarreal land double signing of talented Malaga attacking duo

Villarreal, El Madrigal

Malaga have sold two more of their brightest young talents, leaving fans disappointed.

Via their official website and social networks, Villarreal have announced the signing of Samuel Garcia and Samuel Castillejo, who both join from La Liga rivals Malaga on five-year contracts.

The operation is believed to have cost Villarreal a total of €17 million for the two players, according to Costa del Sol based newspaper, Diario SUR, although they highlight that Malaga will ultimately make around €11 million from the deal, given a third party owned a percentage of the rights to both players.

Samuel Garcia had trials with Rangers and Chelsea as a youngster, but returned to his hometown and after spells with local sides San Andres and Alhaurino, was snapped up by the youth system at Málaga.

Now 24-years-old, Samuel Garcia departs Malaga having made a total of 66 first-team appearances, scoring 9 goals, operating as either an attacking midfielder or winger.

20-year-old Samu Castillejo has just completed what was his first-team breakthrough season with Malaga, leaving the club having made 39 appearances and scored one goal in all competitions. He also operates primarily as a winger, or as an attacking midfielder.

The departure of Juanmi to Southampton, plus the two 'Samus' leaving for Villarreal, means the trio in the 4-2-3-1 system deployed by Malaga boss Javi Gracia, will look completely different ahead of the 2015-16 season in La Liga.

Judging by fan reactions on social networks and forums following Malaga, supporters aren't particularly impressed that three of their brightest young homegrown talents, have been sold in just a few days.

Nonetheless, the sale of all three players will balance the books at the club financially, whilst current negotiations for inbound players, are seemingly providing replacements at minimal cost.

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