"Pablo leaves us, another one," he wrote on Twitter. "He said goodbye with his honesty and usual humanity: crying from sadness and not happiness. There must be a reason." The 21-year-old has gained a reputation as one of the most promising young midfielders in the country and he is the latest to leave Malaga, who have already lost Sandro Ramirez, Ignacio Camacho and Carlos Kameni to Everton, Wolfsburg and Fenerbahce respectively. Spanish international Fornals came through the Villarreal youth academy before leaving in 2008, heading first to Castellon and then Malaga in 2012. The playmaker made his debut in September 2015 and impressed during the next two years, making 59 La Liga appearances and featuring in four King's Cup games, scoring a total of 10 goals.
DONE DEAL: Villarreal have signed Pablo Fornals from Malaga on a five-year deal after activating his €12m release clause. pic.twitter.com/cLtNSFi2c2July 24, 2017
.@MalagaCF_en's Pablo Fornals...bags of talent and an eye for goal! ?⚽️#LaLigaSantander pic.twitter.com/swu9OPSwHH — LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) July 21, 2017