Club Atlético de Madrid continue to strengthen for their participation in the UEFA Champions League group stage, with Málaga CF defender Martín Demichelis arriving at the Vicente Calderón on a free transfer.
The 32-year-old Argentinian international has agreed a one-year deal with last season's UEFA Super Cup and Copa del Rey winners. He said that Atlético coach Diego Simeone was a key factor in his decision to continue playing in Spain. "I went back to Argentina thinking I would stay there, but Simeone convinced me otherwise," the former FC Bayern München centre-back explained. "He knows about my career, what I have done lately and the level I can play at."
Having spent seven full seasons at Bayern – winning four German domestic doubles and a UEFA Champions League runners-up medal – Demichelis signed for Málaga in the winter of 2010 and last term helped the Boquerones to the quarter-finals of European club football's elite competition.
"I had two and a half marvellous years at Málaga and achieved some great things," the ex-CA River Plate player said. "I have now been asked to participate in a special – and very demanding – season with Atlético where we will be competing on many fronts."
Following their third-place Liga finish, Atlético will take part in the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time since 2009/10.
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