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Manchester City defender Maicon joins Italian side Roma

Updated: Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 16:32 | Comments

Maicon made just 11 appearances one season at City
Maicon made just 11 appearances one season at City

Brazilian full-back Maicon has joined Roma from Manchester City on a permanent deal.

The 31-year-old joined City last summer from Inter Milan but struggled to win a regular place in the first team, making only 11 appearances during last season, just four of those in the league.

The move back to Serie A was confirmed on Manchester City's website this morning: "Everyone at Manchester City wishes Maicon good luck at his new club."

Maicon found competition from Pablo Zabaleta and Micah Richards for that right-back spot too strong.

New City boss Manuel Pellegrini said at the weekend that Maicon was not part of his plans and the Brazilian did not take part in the pre-season tour of South Africa.

Pellegrini said: "Maicon didn't come here to the pre-season and he will not be in the squad at Manchester City this year."

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