Maicon not in Pellegrini plans

Maicon will not be part of Manchester City’s first-team squad

this season.

The Brazil international right-back was brought in from Inter

last summer by Roberto Mancini but started just four times in the

Premier League.

New City boss Manuel Pellegrini did not select the 31-year-old

for the tour of South Africa and, speaking after defeat to

Supersport United in Pretoria, the Chilean confirmed his time at

City is up.

He told the club website: “Maicon didn’t come here to the

pre-season and he will not be in the squad at Manchester City this

year.”

Pellegrini is in the market for further new signings having

already welcomed Fernandinho and Jesus Navas to the club.

Top of his list is a striker to replace Carlos Tevez, and a new

arrival is expected before the end of July.

“It’s difficult to say exactly which day but before the end of

the month we will have a new attacker,” he said.