No details were immediately available but Spanish media reports said the player's contract was too expensive for the club's budget this season. Many Málaga fans were upset with the decision with some Okazaki jerseys already sold.
Okazaki went to this year's Copa América in Brazil with the Japan national team. He was part of the Leicester squad that famously won the English Premier League title in 2016. Málaga, which is owned by Qatari Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani, is 11th in the second division with four points from three matches. Okazaki did not play in any of them.
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