Maicon to stay at Inter Milan

Maicon is staying at Inter Milan despite reported interest from Real Madrid, the Serie A club’s president said Monday.

Massimo Moratti said he had pulled the Brazilian right-back off the transfer market.

"He’s staying at Inter," Moratti was quoted as saying on Inter’s website.

Moratti revealed there had been talks with other clubs about Maicon, but that he considers him "so good that, perhaps, I can allow myself not to sell him."

The president said that there had been no significant developments in his club’s talks with Manchester City over the transfer of 19-year-old striker Mario Balotelli, and also ruled out the purchase of Argentina international Javier Mascherano from Liverpool at the rumored fee of about ?30 million.

"With these figures it’s not possible," Moratti said, especially "since we didn’t sell anybody."

Last season, Maicon helped Inter win a treble of Champions League, Serie A and Italian Cup titles under coach Jose Mourinho. The Brazilian was linked with a move to Real Madrid after Mourinho took over at the Santiago Bernabeu.

But Moratti said Maicon’s personality and the fact he had showed he felt bonded to Inter had played a part in the club’s decision not to sell him – even in case of a ?30 million offer coming from Madrid.

"I have taken the player off any transfer-market negotiation," Moratti insisted.