Van Nistelrooy returns to La Liga with Malaga

Former Holland international Van Nistelrooy

Van Nistelrooy has 34 international goals

Former Manchester United striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy has joined Spanish club Malaga on a free transfer.

Van Nistelrooy, 34, who previously played in La Liga for Real Madrid, has signed a one-year deal.

The Dutchman successfully passed a medical and will be unveiled to the fans on Thursday.

He returns to Spain after an 18-month spell at Hamburg SV, where his contract expired at the end of the 2010/11 season.

"Throughout my career I have been with many clubs and have shared a dressing room with world-class players. I feel very proud and happy to be here," Van Nistelrooy told Marca.

Malaga, who finished 11th last season, were taken over by a member of the Qatari royal family and have outlined ambitious plans to turn the modest Andalucian club into a major footballing force.

Having signed ex-Arsenal loanee Julio Baptista and Argentine international Martin Demichelis in the January transfer window, they showed their pulling-power by agreeing a deal with the veteran striker.

Van Nistelrooy, a former Holland international who scored 34 goals for his country, has enjoyed a fruitful career having won league titles with PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United and Real Madrid.

And he has a prolific record in finding the back of the net, in particular for Premier League champions Manchester United, where he totalled 95 goals in 137 league games between 2001 and 2006.