Manchester City veteran Martin Demichelis is willing to take a significant pay cut in the summer to force through a return to Spain with former club Malaga, according to the Bleacher Report.

The 35-year-old defender has spent two-and-a-half years at the Etihad Stadium after joining at the same time as current boss Manuel Pellegrini but has fallen down the pecking order since the arrival of Nicolas Otamendi.

As a result of his decreasing game-time, Demichelis is not expected to renew his contract beyond the summer. During his time at the club, the centre-back has helped the Sky Blues to the Premier League title and two Capital One Cup crowns.

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With his contract expiring at the end of the season, the media began to ponder the question of where the World Cup finalist would be playing his football next season. Big-money moves to China and MLS have been included alongside South America as possible destinations, but Demichelis would reportedly prefer to return to Los Boquerones.

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Having impressed while with Malaga on loan from Bayern Munich, Demichelis made a permanent switch and played under Pellegrini for two years. Pellegrini’s trust in his Malaga captain led to the Chilean making Demichelis his first signing in his reign at the Sportscity complex.