Derby County defender Raul Albentosa passes medical at Malaga

Spanish defender Raul Albentosa is set to complete his loan move from Derby County to Malaga.

Central defender Raul Albentosa will complete his proposed move from Derby County to Malaga on Monday, having successfully passed a medical with the Spanish club on Sunday, according to regional newspaper Diario SUR.

The 26-year-old has already agreed personal terms with Malaga, who are currently in the process of finalising terms with Derby County, over a loan deal which will see the player return to La Liga for the 2015-16 campaign.

Albentosa made his switch to the Rams during the January transfer window, after they activated the €600,000 release clause in his contract with Eibar, who were hugely disappointed to lose one of their key defenders.

Following his arrival at the Pride Park Stadium and debut in the FA Cup against Chesterfield, Albentosa was unfortunately struck by injury in February. Upon his return to fitness, he made his Championship debut against Birmingham city in March and made a total of eight league appearances.

Derby publicly announced that Albentosa was in talks with Malaga last Friday, via their official club website, indicating that he wouldn't feature in the pre-season friendly against Northampton town and was travelling instead to Spain.

The signing of Albentosa will provide an important defensive reinforcement for Malaga boss Javi Gracia, following the departure of centre-back Sergio Sanchez to Panathinaikos.

Likewise, there are also ongoing concerns over the fitness of Portuguese defender Flavio Ferreira, who is suffering a recurrence of back problems which have plagued him since joining Malaga in 2013. This means Albentosa is effectively guaranteed plenty of games with Los Boquerones.

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