Martin Demichelis is confident of being a success at Manchester City.
The 32-year-old Argentine only joined Atletico Madrid when his Malaga contract expired earlier this summer, but Manuel Pellegrini, who coached him at La Rosaleda, has spent around £3.5million to lure him to the Etihad Stadium. The motive behind this is to add more options to his Blues defence, which is currently without the injured Vincent Kompany and Micah Richards.
Demichelis, who began his career with River Plate, first ventured into Europe when he joined Bayern Munich in 2003. He won four Bundesliga titles in his seven years in Germany before heading to Spain, and as he prepares for his new challenge in the Premier League, he feels this experience will stand him in good stead when it comes to settling in England.
“I have been in Europe for 11 years now and this was a great chance for me to play in the Premier League with such a big club,” he told the official club website. “I have lived in Europe for many years and I don’t think there’ll be any problems in adjusting to life here. Now I want to repay the manager’s faith in me out on the pitch. I can’t wait to get started.”
The defender, who has been capped 37 times, is City’s fifth signing of the summer. Pellegrini has also paid £30million for midfielder Fernandinho, £15million for winger Jesus Navas, £25.8million for forward Stevan Jovetic, and £20.6million for striker Alvaro Negredo.