Maicon snubbed Blues for City
Agent explains reasons for Brazilian's switch to Etihad
By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me: @skysportspeteo. Last Updated: September 9, 2012 5:28pm
Maicon: Snubbed interest from likes of Chelsea, Real Madrid & PSG to join Man City
Maicon's agent claims the Manchester City new boy rejected interest from Chelsea to move to the Etihad Stadium.
Brazil international Maicon joined City on transfer deadline day from Inter Milan after deciding to leave Italy.
The 31-year-old's agent, Roberto Calenda, claims Maicon snubbed overtures from the likes of Chelsea, Real Madrid and Paris St Germain to link up again with former Inter boss Roberto Mancini at City.
"He chose Manchester City after rather a long evaluation process," Roberto Calenda told Sky Sport Italia.
"All the top clubs who needed someone in that role came looking for Maicon, from Real Madrid via Jose Mourinho to PSG, Chelsea and others.
"Maicon made his decision when Roberto Mancini called, as he had started his Inter adventure with this coach seven years ago.
"There were times during the season when he thought about staying, as he is very tied to the club colours, but after seven years together it was only right that this story should come to an end.
"I'd like to point out that at no point did Maicon demand to be sold, even when there were important proposals in the past. Unlike others, he never put his foot down or made life difficult. He played every Inter game with the utmost determination."