Summer signing Martin Demichelis has instructed his lawyers to put forward a lawsuit case against former club Malaga over non-payments.
With the return of Mario Husillos as Malaga’s sporting director things were starting to look up for the Andaluscians. With the the club on the verge of signing Jose Sosa as well as the recent contacts with former manager Manuel Pellegrini over the possibility of a few Man City players, the news over Demichelis’s dispute has been seen as a real bubble burster.
The Argentine defender, 32, according to Spain’s El Pais is claiming a sum of around €400,000 of unpaid wages as well as bonuses in relation to Malaga’s impressive run in last season’s Champions League. The La Liga outfit reached the quarter finals where they were cruelly knocked out during a dramatic last 5 minutes in Dortmund.
The club from Spain’s south coast assured that they had the intentions of paying out the bonuses because a failure to do so would prevent them from being able to make any transactions during the January transfer window.
According to Demichelis, this payment should have been made before the September 30; however the current Manchester city defender has revealed that it never materialized.
The news has certainly caused discomfort in Malaga, especially given the good relationship Demichelis had with the Malaga fans, and as a club Malaga seem to have stabilised their recent financial troubles.
The Manchester city defender went to Twitter in an attempt to clarify the situation
“It was my last option and I claim something which has expired.”
On the footballing side, Martin Demichelis who joined Manchester City on a 2-year deal for a reported £4.2 million has been in solid form, especially in the absence of Vincent Kompany who had been absent for a number of matches.
Since making his debut in the 2-1 loss against Chelsea on 27 October, the former Bundesliga winner has gone on to make a further eight appearances, including starting Man City’s 3-2 comeback victory against his former club Bayern Munich.
Manchester City and their fans alike will be hoping the claim will be settled quickly and not affect Demichelis in any way for what is going to be a critical period in the Premier League title race.
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