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Demichelis: I deserve respect

Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis has hit out at his critics, feeling he deserves more respect for his performances this season.

Argentina international Demichelis has come in for ridicule on occasions following high-profile errors in the Champions League defeat to Barcelona and the FA Cup loss to Wigan.

However, City boss Manuel Pellegrini has continued to place his faith in Demichelis, with the 33-year-old establishing himself as a regular in his starting XI as they close in on the Premier League title.

Demichelis, who was named City's Player of the Month for April, feels the criticism aimed at him has been unfair and that he has not been granted the respect he deserves for the career he has had.

"The people who criticised me need to be more respectful of me and what I've done during my career," said Demichelis.

"I have never experienced this before, I'm a foreign player here and I need to go with that.

"But I've now played nearly 11 years in Europe, including eight at Bayern Munich, and I have won many trophies in that time. That is not by chance.

"At no point did I stop believing in my own ability. I always thought I could do this and I'm now where I want to be.

"But I am very grateful to Manuel for the support he has shown me.

"It's a pleasure and privilege to play in this team."