Demichelis signs one-year deal with Espanyol after leaving Man City


Veteran defender Martín Demichelis has extended his career in Europe by signing a one-year deal with La Liga side Espanyol following his departure from Manchester City over the summer.

The 35-year-old, who has amassed 50 appearances for Argentina, was out of contract at the Etihad Stadium after three years with club and as a free agent, Demichelis had been linked a move back to River Plate, where he began his career.

That return looks to be delayed by at least a year with the experienced defender agreeing a deal with Espanyol, subject to a successful medical.

Demichelis played 31 times for City last season but had no future place in the squad, particularly after the summer arrival of Pep Guardiola, and so this move will see him link up with former Watford coach Quique Sánchez Flores.

Perhaps never a guaranteed starter at City, Demichelis played an important role nonetheless and helped the club to the Premier League title in his first season.

Gerardo Martino extended his international career and although that now appears over, Demichelis has had a hugely successful career that took him from River Plate to Bayern Munich, Malaga and then Manchester City.

It remains to be seen how much he has left to offer Espanyol or whether his proposed return to River will ever come to fruition.


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