Malaga defender Martin Demichelis says he regrets the missed opportunity to make a summer switch to River Plate.
The Argentine defender was hoping to return to the club where he began his professional career, but the time just wasn’t right and he was forced to remain at La Rosaleda.
The former Bayern Munich stopper explains that he was eager to sign for the Argentine giants.
“My agent did everything he could to bring forward my return to River,” Demichelis told Esto es River, a program on Argentine radio AM 1240.
“Twelve days ago there was a call from River chiefs to return to the club, my manager was asked to convey my desire to (Malaga) coaching staff and leaders.”
However, nothing came out of the deal as the Argentine club decided to pursue other targets.
“River had already reinforced the back line and needed to spend to reinforce other areas of the pitch.”
The player, nevertheless, admits that he would love to finish his playing career at Estadio Monumental.
“I would love to finish my career at River. I have always wanted to return.”
Demichelis spent three years at River before joining Bayern Munich in the summer of 2003 and went on to play almost 250 competitive games for the Bavarians over the next seven years.
The 31-year-old signed for Malaga in January 2011 and has since scored 3 goals in 53 La Liga games for los Boquerones.