Would Manchester City fans be glad to see the back of Demichelis?

Martin Demichelis

Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis has suggested he may be eyeing a return to his native Argentina after a difficult first term at the Etihad.

The 33-year-old centre back only arrived at the Etihad in September last year to join Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City for whom he had a two-year stint at Malaga.

The Argentine also spent 11 years on the books at Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich - after moving from homeland club River Plate in 2003.

He has not been an instant hit with the Citizens’ fans this season after a number of costly errors at the back and despite his current contract running until 2015, he has hinted he could be eyeing a return to his former club River Plate in Argentina.

"Always I keep dreaming of finishing my career at River Plate," he told TyC Sports.

At the age of 33, he is well into the twilight years of his career and likely only has one more move left if he sees out his contract at the Etihad, by which time he would be aged 35. The question is whether or not the manager who admired him enough to bring him from Malaga (via Atletico Madrid) last summer to join City is as keen now to keep hold of him after the number of individual mistakes he has made in his debut Premier League season - despite a recent upturn in his form.

Whilst the Premier League is a different football terrain to La Liga and the Bundesliga, the Argentine international has the experience to have done better on a number of occasions and perhaps adapted more quickly to the demands of the English game.

His red card for a foul on Lionel Messi in the 52nd minute of the first leg of City’s last sixteen tie against Barcelona on the Champions League effectively killed the tie for his team. Barcelona were awarded a penalty which Messi scored and the ten-man City failed to stop Dani Alves from putting the tie to bed with the Catalans’ second of the game – the trip to the Camp Nou where City were defeated 2-1 was, by then, an uneven contest to say the least.

Functioning as a defensive midfielder alongside Yaya Toure saw him just as liable in City’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea which ultimately, if the Premier League title comes down to less than three points, could prove to have had a huge affect on City’s title challenge. Overall, Demichelis has struggled to adapt to the pace, pressure and intensity of the Premier League and Champions League this term and after such a massive outlay on players last summer, Manuel Pellegrini may feel Demichelis is a liability that could cost him his own job if he doesn’t find more adequate cover for Vincent Kompany.

Martin Demichelis may wish to end his career at River Plate but after a disappointing season, the fans and the manager may hope for the Argentine to cut his career at the Etihad short and a sale to his former club may prove the best option for the player and his manager.

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