Marbella FC’s quest for promotion to the Segunda received a major boost with the surprise signing of Espanyol star Esteban Granero during the January transfer window.

The 32-year-old, who captained Espanyol, as well as playing for Real Madrid and Real Sociedad, made his debut for Marbella in Saturday’s 0-0 draw away at Merida. ‘El Pirata’ will be officially presented to the fans at the stadium at 18.00 tonight.

The signing of Granero is a major statement of intent from Marbella FC, who also signed Bolivian star Juanmi Callejon last month. Granero’s contract means that he will be at the Costa del Sol side until at least July 2021.