The down side of a squad overhaul in the summer is the length of time it can take your team to gel thus affecting results on the pitch – particularly when the full length of the transfer window is used. Javier Recio, however, is keen for Real Mallorca to get their transfer business out of the way early to provide head coach Fernando Vázquez with as long as possible to prepare his side for the campaign ahead.
Last week los bermellones completed three new signings in just three days to get their transfer activity underway. And now the club has excelled itself by completing three further signings in just a single day. Experience appears to have been the key attribute in which the club have targeted with Roberto Santamaría, Juan Rodríguez and Emmanuel Culio all completing permanent transfers to the island side.
The 31-year-old from Pamplona has signed a two year deal with the vermilion outfit and is likely to be Vázquez’s first choice goalkeeper ahead of veteran Jesús Cabrero. Mallorca’s official website referred to Santamaría as ‘one of the best goalkeepers in the division’.
Standing at 6 foot tall, the experienced segunda goalkeeper starting his career with local team Osasuna where he came through the cantera. He made 40 league appearances for Osasuna B between 2004 and 2006 before moving to Las Palmas. He had to wait until 2008 to make his senior début with the Canary Island side. From there he became a regular in LaLiga2 playing for Girona, Ponferradina (twice) and a move home to Osasuna during their drop to la segunda.
Another man with vast experience, the 34-year-old defensive midfielder is far more accustomed to life in LaLiga than he is LaLiga2. He joins Mallorca on a 12 month deal from Madrid side Getafe following their relegation to the same division as his new employer.
Rodríguez has made over 300 appearances in the Spanish top flight over the course of his career playing for home town club Málaga, Deportivo la Coruña and Getafe. He’s also made a handful of appearances in the UEFA Cup during his time with Depor in the 2008/09 season.
Argentine journeyman Culio arguably brings the most experience of all from the latest three signings. Spain is just one of six countries that the 32-year-old has competed in since 2002 – the others being Argentina, Chile, Romania, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. His most stable, successful spell came in his four year stint at CFR Cluj of Romania between 2007 and 2011 where he won four titles – two league & two cup – over 104 appearances.
The attacking midfielder has signed a two year deal with Mallorca following the expiry of his contract with fellow la segunda side Real Zaragoza. He’s plied his trade for the last three years in Spain – barring a brief spell with Al Wasl (UAE) – first with Deportivo followed by Las Palmas and the aforementioned Zaragoza. Despite being an Argentine national, Culio holds an Italian passport which means he will not take up a non-EU space in Vázquez’s squad.