Manchester City star hits out

Martin Demichelis slams his critics for making fun of him during a successful 2013-14 season.

Martin Demichelis has been a figure of fun, not just this season but throughout his career. The Argentine defender’s howlers at Bayern Munich and Malaga have been well documented, and when he arrived at the Etihad Stadium last summer, he was well past his best.

As a matter of fact, Atletico Madrid made a small profit on the 33-year-old centre-back, who can also play as a defensive midfielder. The Spanish club signed him on a one-year contract in July after his contract had run out at Malaga. However, City manager Manuel Pellegrini, having worked with the veteran at the Andalucian club and at River Plate, swooped in and bought him from Atletico for a reported transfer fee of £4 million on September 1.

Injuries hampered his early career in the Premier League, and then there was also the lingering suspicion that he was a disaster waiting to happen. He was said to be the weak link in the City defence and was going to cost them the league title.

How things have transpired differently! Demichelis has made no fewer than 26 Premier League starts this campaign and featured four times in the Champions League. He has repaid the faith shown in him by Pellegrini, and ahead of the final game of the season on Sunday, has launched a scathing attack on his critics.

‘The people who criticised me need to be more respectful of me and what I’ve done during my career’, The Mirror quotes him as saying. ‘I have never experienced this before... I’m a foreign player here and I need to go with that. But I’ve now played nearly 11 years in Europe, including eight at Bayern Munich, and I have won many trophies in that time. That is not by chance’.

Demichelis could add one more trophy to his collection later on Sunday. If Manchester City defeat West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium, then they will win the Premier League title. Who’s laughing now?

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