Man City title-winner ready for January exit… move home expected

Martin Demichelis is set to quit Manchester City in January and return to Argentina to join Rosario Central, according to reports from ESPN.

The 34-year-old followed manager Manuel Pellegrini to the Etihad Stadium from Malaga in 2013 – via a short spell at Atletico Madrid – and, despite some shaky initial showings, he became a cult hero among the Citizens’ supporters as the club clinched the Premier League title.

However, his game time was reduced last year as the Sky Blues struggled to keep pace with Chelsea, and he’s since been out of the XI altogether for the bulk of the current season following the arrival of Argentine compatriot Nicolas Otamendi.

And reports claim that the veteran centre-back, whose contract is set to expire in just over six months’ time, is ready to move home, with Rosario Central the side leading the race.

The South American side are thought to see ageing star as a good replacement for Alejandro Donatti, who is expected to head to Europe in 2016.

Demichelis has enjoyed 12 years plying his trade outside of his home nation, spending time with Bayern Munich, Malaga and City after leaving River Plate as a youngster and has been capped 49 times at senior international level.