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Manchester City ready to award Martin Demichelis with new contract

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Martin Demichelis is set to become the latest Manchester City player to put pen to paper on a new deal at the club, according to the Manchester Evenings News.

The defender's current contract expires at the end of the season and in an effort to keep the veteran Argentine, City have offered him a new one-year deal.

34-year-old Demichelis was one of the first signings of the Manuel Pellegrini era and, despite having played his part in City's defensive troubles this campaign, is set to extend his stay in Manchester.

Extensions

In the past 12 months star names such as Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero and David Silva have all signed contract extensions and Manuel Pellegrini is reportedly keen to add Demichelis to that list.

Although not perhaps seen as a key man by many City fans, given the inexperience of Eliaquim Mangala and the injury troubles suffered by Vincent Kompany has suffered this season, Demichelis is seen by his manager as an important part of his squad.

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While City fans may not begrudge the central defender an extra year at the Etihad, he's perhaps not the man they most want to see commit his future to the club.

Versatile midfielder James Milner has long been locked in contract talks with the club without reaching an agreement, and his performances this season will have prompted interest from a host of major clubs in England and across Europe.

City career

A £4.2million signing from Malaga in the summer of 2012, Demichelis took time to adapt to the rigours of life in the Premier League.

When it finally seemed like the former Bayern Munich man had established himself in the City back four he was sent off in the Champions League last 16 first leg clash against Barcelona.

However, he recovered from that dismissal to become a key figure in the Premier League title run in, ending his first season in England as a league and League Cup winner.

Replacement

Despite ending his debut season as a relative success, Demichelis had his place in the first team put under threat when Pellegrini decided to spend upwards of £30million on French defender Mangala.

The former Porto man was signed as the long-term partner to captain Kompany, but Demichelis hasn't been flustered by his arrival.

While Mangala's first season at City has seen him make 21 appearances, Demichelis has been Pellegrini's preferred choice in the heart of defence, totaling 29 appearance to date.

The form he's shown to displace Mangala has now convinced his manager that, even at 34, the Argentine World Cup finalist is worthy of at least one more year in Manchester.

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