Maicon agent denies pay claims

Maicon gestures to the assistant referee after his effort is touched behind
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The agent of Inter Milan star Maicon has denied his client demanded a pay rise to remain at the club.

Brazilian right-back removed from transfer list

The agent of Inter Milan star Maicon has denied his client demanded a pay rise to remain at the club. The defender, 29, has been strongly linked to Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, a move which would reunite the pair after their time working together at the San Siro. But the prospect of a move across the continent for the highly-rated Brazilian appears diminished after Inter president Massimo Moratti revealed he had taken Maicon off the transfer list. The move has left Antonio Caliendo, Maicon's agent, baffled, and he has asked to meet with the Nerazzurri chief to clarify the situation. Caliendo told Sky Italia: "I was a bit surprised by some stories, which made Maicon out to be a mercenary. "He accepted everything that Moratti decided, the president decided not to move forward in negotiations for the transfer, he has shown he would happily stay, he is attached to the Inter shirt, but from our part there is no demand for a pay increase, even though there were very important offers. "I reconfirm that I think it's sensible for the president to call the player and explain why all this happened.

Clarify

"I'm not talking of recognition, either moral or economic, but we must clarify the situation as a matter of relationships, also for the attachment that my client is showing to Inter." Maicon has made over 150 appearances for Inter since signing from Monaco in 2006 and was a key part of the side that claimed the Treble of the UEFA Champions League, the Serie A title and the Coppa Italia last term. Reports had suggested Maicon had demanded a pay hike amid speculation over his future, however Caliendo was at pains to stress this was not the case. "I read that Maicon is asking for six million a year," he explained. "I never talked about money in my life, and if we were to make demands we would not make them on television, but privately, with the people of Inter. "There have been no demands, the only official news that we have had is that Maicon has been removed from the market."

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