Martín Demichelis' days as an Espanyol player will come to an end on Monday. Coach Quique Sánchez Flores confirmed the news in last night's press conference after his side were held to a 1-1 draw by Deportivo. The first team squad were taken through a recovery workout at the club's training facilities this morning but Demichelis was absent.
The Argentinean's departure is the first movement in Espanyol's ranks during the winter transfer window. The club hopes to bring in at least one player but must dispense with another one to lower the wage bill. While Demichelis is on his way out, he earned a proportional part of his transfer fee from August to December, and so Espanyol are hardly making much of a saving and need another player off the pay roll.
Demichelis hardly figured during his five months in Cornellà - he has only feigured in the 3-3 draw with Eibar and a 10-minute appearance against Betis. The veteran defender, who was called up three times by Argentina during his time at Espanyol, watched as his relationship with the coach deteriorated.