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Jul 18, 2013

City confirm Maicon exit for Roma

Manchester City have confirmed defender Maicon has left the club and will return to Serie A with Roma.

Maicon has endured a frustrating period at Manchester City
Maicon struggled during his time at Manchester City.

The Brazil international, who was not in new City manager Manuel Pellegrini’s plans for the forthcoming season, leaves the Etihad Stadium less than 11 months after arriving.

City's confirmation comes two days after Roma posted a picture of the 31-year-old on their official Twitter page, with the message: “Welcome aboard, Maicon!”

The Serie A club have reportedly paid £3 million for the former Inter Milan player, who won the Scudetto four times during his spell at the San Siro.

Maicon, who was signed on transfer deadline day last August, had also played under former City manager Roberto Mancini at Inter.

The defender, however, only started four league games and made just 11 appearances in total last term, during an injury-hit season where another right-back, Pablo Zabaleta, became the automatic choice and was voted the club’s Player of the Year.

The former Champions League winner had formed part of Mancini’s plan to give the Premier League side a different tactical approach by fielding a back three and wing-backs on occasions.

However, Pellegrini is likely to play a 4-3-3 formation and chose not to take Maicon on City’s pre-season tour of South Africa.

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