Demichelis announces retirement

36-year-old defender Martin Demichelis has announced his retirement from football, less than four months after returning to Malaga.

The Argentine spent six years at Bayern Munich before moving to the Costa del Sol club in 2010 and forming part of a side that reached the quarter finals of the Champions League.

He then moved to Atletico Madrid – where he did not feature at all – before immediately joining Manchester City, started one match for Espanyol this season before completing his return to Malaga in January.

“I have to be honest, I’ve lost the strength in my legs to continue playing,” said a tearful Demichelis at his farewell press conference.

“I speak from my heart when I say I thank you all for being here and showing me the appreciation – Malaga have shown faith in me and have given me the desire to play more up until this point.

“It was a dream to finish my career at Malaga, it is a club that has always had a special place in my heart and it is an honour to end my playing days here.

“Now I look forward to being a Malaguista forever and supporting the club from the stands."

The central defender could feature on the final day against Real Madrid – who will be aiming to win the league title at La Rosaleda.

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