Celso Ortiz has left AZ Alkmaar to join Mexican side CF Monterrey on a multi-year deal in order to secure first team football.

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ortiz azOrtiz will continue his career in Mexico after AZ and Monterrey agreed an undisclosed fee for the twenty-seven-year-old Paraguay international. Ortiz was contracted to AZ until 2017, having signed for the club in 2010, but had seen his first team role diminish this season to just six starts after previously being a permanent fixture for the club. Therefore, Ortiz, who has been one of the longest serving players for AZ, has decided to seek a new challenge.

The AZ Technical Director, Max Huiberts, commented on the transfer telling Fox Sports “We give him that (the new challenge), Celso had a lovely time here and leaves AZ through the front door.” AZ had already expected the defensive midfielder, who is currently valued around €2 (£1.5) million, to depart at the end of the season following discussions in recent weeks.

During his time at AZ Alkmaar, Ortiz made a total of a hundred and thirty-nine appearances scoring three goals and helped his side win the KNVB Beker in 2013.

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