Ex-Real Madrid prodigy Harper returns to La Liga

The Scotland youth international was tipped for big things while at the Santiago Bernabeu but is now looking to reignite his career with Malaga

Former Real Madrid youth player Jack Harper has returned to La Liga by completing a deal to join Malaga.

The Scotland youth international, now 20, confirmed the move on his Twitter account on Friday after Brighton & Hove Albion, his previous club, had announced his departure 24 hours earlier.

Proud day to sign for my Home Club @MalagaCF Club with great history and passion // thank you to @OfficialBHAFC for this year and a half. pic.twitter.com/iceOjgDhNb

— Jack Harper (@Jackharper7) January 6, 2017

“Proud day to sign for my home club,” Harper tweeted. “Club with great history and passion. Thank you to Brighton for this year-and-a-half.”

Harper was born in Malaga to Scottish parents and emerged as a highly rated prospect in Madrid’s youth system, impressing in the UEFA Youth League.

He joined Championship side Brighton in the summer of 2015 with a view to playing first-team football in England but has made just one substitute appearance, in the EFL Trophy, this season.

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“Jack’s been a pleasure to work with, but despite his best efforts, he has struggled to break through into an extremely competitive first-team group,” Brighton Under-23 coach Simon Rusk told the club’s official website.

“This move back to Spain gives him the opportunity to reignite his career. I would like to thank Jack for his hard work and to wish him well for the future on behalf of everyone at our club.”