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Van Nistelrooy joins Malaga

Ruud van Nistelrooy is relishing his next taste of Spain's Primera Division after agreeing to join Malaga.

Van Nistelrooy, who turns 35 on July 1, has agreed a one-year contract and will be presented to media and the club's supporters at their La Rosaleda stadium.

''Throughout my career I have been with many clubs and have shared a dressing room with world-class players,'' Van Nistelrooy told Marca. ''I feel very proud and happy to be here.''

Backed by Qatari businessman Sheikh Abdullah al-Thani, ambitious Malaga are hoping to compete higher up the league, having come off a season in which they finished 11th.

Van Nistelrooy, who came to international prominence with PSV Eindhoven, moved to Manchester United in 2001 and was a big hit at Old Trafford. He departed for Real Madrid in 2006 and had three-and-a-half seasons at the Bernabeu, before joining Hamburg on an 18-month deal.

With that contract coming to an end this summer, he joins Malaga on a free transfer.

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