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Shinji Okazaki, no regrets after being left high and dry by Málaga

The Japanese player sent a message to Málaga hans thanking them for their support. He now has to find another club because Málaga couldn't afford to pay him.

Shinji Okazaki, no regrets after being left high and dry by Málaga
PACO RODRIGUEZ AS

Shinji Okazaki, who was intended as Málaga's star signing during the sumer transfer window, now has to pack his bags and find another club because the Andalucian club is unable to register him with LaLiga because of an administration error. Okazaki was presented with great fanfare by Málaga in July, after signing a one-year contract. The Japanese forward only played a couple of pre-season friendlies (against Mallorca and Melilla) when it transpired that Málaga could not register the player because they had gone over their budget for the players' wages.

Okazaki rescinded his contract with Málaga yesterday but says he has no hard feelings about what happened. The 33-year-old posted a message thanking fans and added he would have no qualms about returning to the club at some point in the future.

Ozakazi thanks Málaga fans with warm goodbye note

"Hello Malaguistas, first of all I would like to thank you for the great affection you have shown me during my time here. I would like to bid you all farewell and I wish you, my team mates, the coaching staff and club employees all the success in the world - you made me feel at home. I don't regret anything, I'll never forget the time I spent together with you. If one day I have the opportunity to come back and play for Málaga, I won't have to think twice. Fuerza Málaga".

The club now has to decide how they are going to compensate the more than 300 supporters who bought Okazaki's number 23 shirt, priced at 87 euros a throw. As for Okazaki, it looks like he will remain in Spain - with Huesca his likely next destination.