Roma couldn't afford Manchester City star's wages, claims agent

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The agent of Manchester City defender Maicon has played down suggestions his client is seeking a move away from England this summer, reiterating the Brazilian's commitment to the club, reports Sky Sports.

After starting just seven games for the Premier League runners-up last term, speculation had suggested that the former Inter Milan star would leave the Etihad Stadium ahead of the 2013/14 campaign.

However, according to Maicon's representative Roberto Calenda, the South American full-back is keen to make up for lost time, and prove to new manager Manuel Pellegrini he still has what it takes to make his mark with Manchester City.

"He has had an unfortunate season, it can happen," Calenda told Radio Sportiva. "Now he wants to prove his worth in a Manchester City jersey and achieve the World Cup's call with Brazil."

Serie 'A' side Roma had been linked with a move for Maicon - who has 66 caps for the Brazil national team - but Calenda was quick to question whether the Italian club could even afford the player's wages.

"Interest from Roma? Italian football is going through a bad time economically so it is difficult to take players with this kind of salary," he added.

With Manchester City due back for pre-season training next week, the 31-year-old will be expected to report along with his team-mates as normal.



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