Experienced Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis has signed a new one-year extension to his current deal, keeping him tied to the club until 2016.
The Argentine international did not have the best of starts at the club, with his performances being questioned by fans and pundits alike.
A lack of pace and ability to adapt to the English game seem to be the main talking point but his class shone through in the second half of the season, helping City to finishes strongly and complete a League Cup and Premier League double.
On signing on for another season he is quoted by the Guardian as saying: “I want to say that I am really proud and happy to have extended my contract for another year. Manchester City is a Club with a lot of ambition. We want to grow every year.
“When you get to hold a trophy, it’s the best feeling for any player. I want to say that I will fight for this club and for my teammates until the end of my contract. I will fight to try and win titles.”
Demichelis happy in Manchester
Demichelis has been an ever-present for the club this season, being the preferred choice to partner captain Vincent Kompany despite the arrival of big money summer signing Eliaquim Mangala, who was brought in to partner the Citizens' skipper.
Extending the Argentine's contract allows to the club to give Mangala more time to adapt to the riggers of the Premier League and the club also hope that young Belgium defender Jason Denayer will be ready to take over from Demichelis by 2016.
The former Bayern Munich man settled very quickly in to life in Manchester, where his family are very happy.
“I had the experience of living in Germany for so many years, so it wasn’t so difficult to adapt to living in England,” he added. “We are happy here – my wife and son are happy here. We are trying to improve our English and I think that’s a good thing for our future.
“At this stage I am enjoying playing week to week – you can never say what can happen in the future.”
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