Manchester City defender plays down summer exit rumours

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Manchester City right-back Maicon insists he has no plans to leave the club this summer, reports Sky Sports.

The 31-year-old - who only joined last summer from Inter Milan in a £3.5million deal - has been linked with a return to his native Brazil, with Atletico Mineiro credited with an interest in the defender's services.

Pablo Zabaleta's fine form has limited Maicon to just 11 Premier League appearances for Roberto Mancini's side this season, with the Samba star also hampered by a number of niggling injuries in his debut campaign at the Etihad Stadium.

However, despite a disappointing return, the flying full-back has reiterated his commitment to Manchester City, saying he plans to help the club fight to win back the Premier League title next season.

"I can completely guarantee you that I'll not leave," Maicon told Lancenet. "I'm calm and I don't care about what they wrote about me.

"My only objective is to help the team and don't have any more injuries, as my goal is to return to the national team."

Maicon currently has 46 caps for the Brazil national team, and has set his sights on a return to Luiz Felipe Scolari's squad for the 2014 World Cup next year. However, he knows he'll need to be playing more regularly than he has in 2012/13.

"I didn't have one of my best seasons, I had physical problems that prevented me from playing all the games as I used to.

"It was a complicated season, but I recovered in the last part of the season and I'm prepared to help the team."



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