Malaga signs Santi Cazorla from Villarreal

BY foxsports • July 26, 2011

Malaga has signed Spain midfielder Santi Cazorla from Villarreal as it continues to overhaul its squad.

Cazorla is Malaga's 10th offseason signing and joins veteran reinforcements Ruud van Nistelrooy, Jeremy Toulalan and Joaquin Sanchez.

Spanish media reports the deal to be worth around ?21 million ($30 million).

The 26-year-old Cazorla says the chance to rejoin coach Manuel Pellegrini was ''key'' to his move. Pellegrini left Villarreal in 2009 for a short spell at Real Madrid before joining Malaga.

Cazorla helped Spain win the 2008 European championship. He scored 25 goals in seven seasons in the Spanish league for Villarreal.