Maicon snubbed Chelsea for City

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Manchester City new boy Maicon rejected late interest from rivals Chelsea in order to move to the Etihad Stadium, according to the Brazilian's agent, Roberto Calenda.

The 31-year-old put pen to paper on a deadline day switch to the reigning Premier League champions, despite receiving offers from a number of top European clubs, including Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain.

"He chose Manchester City after rather a long evaluation process," 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."

Linking up again with Roberto Mancini proved to be instrumental in Maicon's decision to leave the San Siro to join City, who can now call upon one of the best full-backs in the world when they return to domestic action this weekend.

"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," the South American's agent added.

"Unlike others, he never put his foot down or made life difficult. He played every Inter game with the utmost determination."

The Citizens will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the new campaign on Saturday with a difficult trip to the Britannia Stadium to face Stoke City.

Tony Pulis' side are also undefeated, the Potters having drawn all of their opening three games in 2012/13, and they'll be searching for their first victory with the arrival of City this weekend.

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