Ex-Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is set to join up with Real Mallorca for pre-season training, the club have announced.
Sturridge has been out of the game since leaving Trabzonspor in March 2020.
He served a four-month ban for a breach of betting rules, meaning that he was without a club for the entire 2020/21 season.
The Englishman had been training alone in the USA, but now looks set to get back into the competitive game.
La Liga side Real Mallorca have announced that they have extended an invitation to Sturridge to join them in pre-season training from tomorrow.
There is no mention of whether he will join the side on a permanent basis, however.
In fact, the official club statement does not actually state whether Sturridge is actually going to train tomorrow, just that he has been invited to.
However, the title of the statement does say that he “will train” with the club, so that probably makes up for the vagueness of the story.
Mallorca and La Liga is a good move for Sturridge
If Sturridge does indeed start training with Mallorca and impresses, he will likely earn a contract at the club.
In our opinion, it would be a great move for him.
The Balearic Island side were promoted to Spain’s first division last season. They came second to Espanyol in the Segunda Division on goal difference.
Mallorca had the same points total as the Catalan side, as well as the same amount of goals conceded.
It was a lack of goals scored that saw them miss out on winning the title, as Espanyol scored 17 more than them.
Sturridge may be the perfect solution to this problem.
While he has been out of the game for some time, he still has all the natural ability that made him a top player in years gone by.
If his social media pages are anything to go by, he has been putting in serious work.
Admittedly, it was probably six years ago that he was last at a world-class level. But that was due to injuries alone, rather than any issues with his quality.
The less intense pace of La Liga would suit him more than England at this stage of his career.
We believe that if he is supplied with chances, he can still score goals.
Sturridge is an incredibly likeable person. He still has a huge love for Liverpool, so we really hope it works out for him.
Hopefully, he performs well in their training camp and earns himself a contract.