Asenjo and Camacho off to Málaga

The midfielder is sold while the goalkeeper moves away on loan

Atletico Madrid players Sergio Asenjo and Ignacio Camacho say goodbye to Raul Garcia before joining Málaga

Asenjo and Camacho say goodbye
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Atlético Madrid have confirmed the departures of Sergio Asenjo and Ignacio Camacho.

The duo said goodbye to their teammates today and will join Málaga CF in the January transfer window.

The Anchovies are owned by the wealthy Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani and are apparently looking to sign a total of ten players this transfer window.

Our two young players are just the first to come in, but might soon be joined by Demichelis, Maresca, José Ángel and Julio Baptista, among others.

Ignacio Camacho debuted for Atlético in March 2008 (a 4-2 win over Barcelona) but was pushed to the bench after Paulo Assunção arrived a few months later.

This season Nacho only featured in two cup matches, but the youngster will be eager to revive his career at Málaga.

We will receive €1.5m for the transfer of Camacho, whose contract would have run out this summer. The club have included an option to buy the Spain U21 international back.

Sergio Asenjo joins Málaga on loan until the end of the season. It seems an option to purchase has not been included in the deal.

The goalkeeper was in need of a team where he could play regularly, after he lost his place to David de Gea last season.

The former-Valladolid shotstopper, who joined us last summer for €6m, will first have to prove that he’s fully fit again.

A knee injury suffered against Sporting last season kept Asenjo out for six months, but he recently resumed training.

Camacho and Asenjo have already said farewell to their Atlético teammates and will finalize their transfers this week.

  • Asim

    These should be two good deals for all concerned in my opinion. If Camacho gets game time we will see if he is good enough to play in La Liga week in, week out and – if so – hopefully we will re-sign him as he is a player I like and it is always good to have youth products at the heart of your side.

    Asenjo obviously needs to play and he isn’t going to do that with De Gea ahead of him, if he can rediscover the form that led us to buy him in the first place then we have a very good goalkeeper to either sell on for good money, or replace De Gea if we do sell him (though hopefully that won’t happen).

  • I wonder wheter they will be starters or not, anyways Malaga turns out to be a peculiar kind of frankentstein, made of spare parts of many different bodies… with Pellegrini in charge they can provide a surprise or two during the spring.

  • Ringo Schut

    I don’t know who’s Malaga’s goalkeeper at the moment, but I think Asenjo will be a starter after he regains fitness (if he hasn’t already).

    Camacho looks like starting material, but that depends on Pellegrini, I guess… If no other defensive midfielders are bought, I guess his chances of becoming a starter are 80-90%.

  • Edletico

    Malaga have got lucky with their rich owners. They could be competing soon. Glad to see Camacho go out and hopefully get some playing time and then when ready he can come back to Atleti’s midfield

  • RojiBlanco

    The 2008 win over Barcelona was 4-2, if I’m not mistaken, not 2-1.

  • Nick Poskitt

    @RojiBlanco – Of course it was! All changed. Cheers.

  • Sergio Lopez

    It was stupid to sell Nacho – it would have been better to offload Raul Garcia. Ignacio Camacho is a leader + he is a fighter by nature and better passer than Paulo Assunção, while Raulito isn’t consistent. Sergio Asenjo needs practice.

  • palc

    Im sure we’ll buy back Nacho when Assuncaos time is up.

  • AmorColchonero

    Its bittersweet to see Nacho leave but he needs playing time to see if he can live up to his potential. Atleti is stacked in the CM with guys like Tiago, Raulito, Assuncao, Mario Suarez and I didn’t even mention Ruben Perez and Koke (who have great potential as well). Sending players on loan or selling with buy-back clause is the only way we can keep track of the youth players and bring back those we know can contribute week in/out.

    As far as Asenjo, he’s far too good to be sitting on the bench with his age and ability. I believe Arnau is Malaga’s keeper so Asenjo should provide some competition for the starting spot. If we do sell him hopefully we can recoup the €6m we paid. I just hope we bring in an inexpensive, experienced GK who can play a few games and teach De Gea and Joel a few things.