Today’s edition of Spanish newspaper Marca has a story about Malaga’s Jack Harper and the Spanish newspaper have interviewed the forward’s former teammates and coaches.

At the age of 13, he grabbed the attention of Real Madrid and he was in their academy for six years between 2009 and 2015. During his time with the La Liga giants, he met Zinedine Zidane and Gareth Bale.

Brighton & Hove Albion secured the attacker’s services in 2015 and he spent two years with their academy, where he struggled to adapt. Therefore, he left the English club and made a switch to Malaga last January.

Álex Craninx, who is now with Norweigian club Molde, was with the Scottish U21 international during his time at Fuengirola Los Boliches and at the Spanish capital club, and has spoken about his friend’s struggles at Brighton.

“Being in Madrid with friends to go alone to England, Jack had a hard time. We did a lot of Facetime… until he got married and we did not know more about him,” Cranix told Marca.

“I’ve known him since he was 12 years old and soon after we met in Madrid, studying was not our thing and when we finished training we went to the gym , so we always missed the bus back.” 

Harper made his debut for Malaga’s first team in August and has played five matches in the second division.