Leicester Legend Shinji Okazaki Signs For Spanish Side SD Huesca Following Farcical Malaga Release

 Striker Shinji Okazaki has signed for SD Huesca days after being released by fellow Spanish side Malaga

Shinji Okazaki has his second new club of the season after signing for SD Huesca.

The former Leicester striker, 33, was released by Malaga on Monday after just 34 days at the club.

But he is staying in the Segunda Division, Spain’s second tier, after his farcical false start. He has signed a one-year deal with an option of another.

After the owner took a week to sanction the deal, Okazaki signed for Malaga at the end of July.

Due to salary caps in Spanish football, though, they were unable to pay his wages and – after playing three pre-season friendlies – Okazaki was released on deadline day along with Adnane Tighadouini.

The cash-hit club brought in three players on the same day but also have kept three players – including one summer signing – who are unregistered.

Despite the confusion, Okazaki told Malaga fans on Twitter: “Hi Malaguistas. First of all I want to thank you for the immense love you gave me during my stay.

“I want to say goodbye and wish you the best of success to my companions, to the technical staff and staff that made me feel at home.

“I do not regret anything, since the time I have spent with you I will never forget.

“If one day I have the opportunity to play in Malaga I will not doubt it.”

The striker joined Leicester  in 2015 from Mainz and played a crucial role in the club’s memorable Premier League title victory in his first season at the King Power.

But with 19 goals in 137 games – and none since December 2017 – he was released by the Foxes at the end of last summer.

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