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Demichelis weighs up River Plate return

March 7, 2013
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Malaga defender Martin Demichelis has said he has been offered a return to his former club River Plate in the summer but has yet to decide what he will do when his contract ends in June.

Malaga's Martin Demichelis (left) and Zenit St Petersburg's Hulk battle for the ball
PA PhotosMartin Demichelis could be heading back to Argentina

Demichelis, 32, told Buenos Aires radio station Radio 9 that he was considering an offer made by River vice-president Diego Turnes to rejoin the Argentine club at which he began his career.

“Turnes has opened the doors for me to return, and I really appreciated that,” he said. “My contract with Malaga is up on June 30. In that time, I am going to make a decision. I told Turnes that since I arrived in Europe it was the first time a director had wanted me to return. He came to personally tell me. It was nice to hear face-to-face.”

Demichelis, likely to start for Malaga in their Champions League last 16 second leg at home to Porto on Wednesday, said he was fully focused on helping his current club. "At the moment there are many things to fight for at Malaga,” he said. “I respect the people at this club a lot.”

The recent death of his father in a traffic accident could have a bearing on his decision, he said.

“I am very sure that, when I finish playing, I will live in Argentina,” he explained. “At the moment I am analysing the possibility of returning because of the recent passing away of my father. That was a very strong blow.”

The centre-half, who has 33 caps for the Argentine senior side but has barely featured for them since playing in all five of their games at the 2010 World Cup, said he had not given up hope of a recall for the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

“As long as I am feeling good, physically and mentally, I will always have hope of returning to the team,” he added. “I must admit I am a bit down the pecking order but, until the last squad list before the World Cup, I will remain hopeful.”