Argentine international defender Martin Demichelis will be leaving Bayern Munich over the winter break to join Spanish club Malaga on loan. It is no surprise that Demichelis, who has only made three starts and three substitute appearances for the German giants in the first half of the season, would be leaving, as rumors have circulated for months that Demichelis had fallen into disfavor with Bayern coach Louis van Gaal, and only saw playing time this year because of injuries to other defenders.
Although neither Bayern Munich or Malaga have confirmed the move, Demichelis himself has spoken to German tabloid Bild concerning his upcoming loan deal with Malaga. Malaga will pick up the remainder of Demichelis’ salary, and will retain an option to purchase his contract next summer for 3 million euros if they can avoid relegation from La Liga. Malaga are currently in 18th place in La Liga, with only four wins in sixteen league matches. Malaga have allowed 35 goals in those sixteen fixtures, by far the worst defensive record of La Liga teams this season.
Demichelis joined Bayern Munich in 2003 from Argentina’s River Plate, one of the most storied clubs in South American soccer. During his seven seasons with Bayern Munich, Demichelis appeared in 259 contests, scoring 15 times, including once earlier this season. He partnership with Brazilian defender Lucio during the 2007-2008 season helped Die Bayern set a Bundesliga record for least amount of goals, 21, allowed in a season. Demichelis was part of double winning championship clubs in 2005, 2008 and 2010, and was in the starting lineup in Bayern Munich’s 2-0 loss to Inter Milan last May in the Champions League final at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid.
The Argentine has already said his good-byes to teammates, and expressed gratitude for being part of a wonderful run with Bayern Munich, terming his seven years with the club as being “unforgettable.” Demichelis also said that he was sad to be leaving, but like most professionals, he couldn’t overlook the opportunity to regain regular playing time. The 30 year-old also brings international experience to Malaga, as he as suited up 30 times for La Albaceleste in his career, and scored the opening goal against Greece in Argentina’s 2-0 win in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
We wish Martin Demichelis good luck with Malaga and thank him for his contributions to Bayern Munich and the Bundesliga.
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