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Malaga and Real Sociedad will make debut at Dale Farm Milk Cup

By Stuart McKinley

The Spanish are coming to Northern Ireland this summer.

Two huge La Liga clubs will head to the north coast to sample the Dale Farm Milk Cup for the first time.

Real Sociedad's youth set up is one of the most highly regarded anywhere in Europe and they will make their debut in the competition thanks to one of the Milk Cup's most high-profile supporters.

Sociedad manager David Moyes, whose mother came from Portrush, has confirmed that the club will send a team to compete in the Premier section

And to make it a Spanish double it has been confirmed that a second La Liga outfit, Malaga, will also enter the Premier competition.

Former Manchester United and Everton manager Moyes regularly sent teams to the tournament when he in charge of the Toffees and brought a first-team squad to play a Northern Ireland XI in 2007 to mark the Milk Cup's 25th anniversary.

"It's a fabulous event which seems to enhance its reputation as the years go on," says Moyes.

"The atmosphere it generates around the region and its high standard of football at all levels is superb - a real credit to the volunteers who painstakingly organise it to exacting standards."

The quality of Sociedad's youth system is recognised by The International Centre for Sports Studies, who research claims that there are only five better youth systems in Europe than Real's talent factory.

Dale Farm commercial director, Jason Hempton, says: The Dale Farm Milk Cup continues to attract the world's most promising young football stars to Northern Ireland.

"Securing two high profile Spanish teams is a major coup for the tournament.

"With such rich talent on display, the 2015 Dale Farm Milk Cup is set to be one of the most exciting to date."

Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, is the most famous product of Sociedad's academy set up.

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