Maicon will leave Man City: Pellegrini

Manchester: Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Maicon will leave the club this summer.

The defender joined the Etihad Stadium from Inter for around €4 million a year ago but has struggled to find a permanent spot in the first team.

As rumours increase that the Brazilian is set to join Roma, the Chilean coach has revealed that the full-back will not be a Blues player much longer and claimed City will bolster their ranks before the end of July.

"We are not in a hurry to bring new players in but we are clear that we need two or three more before the season begins," Pellegrini told the club`s official website.

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

"It`s difficult to say a date for any new arrivals but, before July finishes, I think we will have more players."

South African side Supersport United defeated City 2-0 to see the side begin their pre-season preparations in disappointing fashion, but the Chilean claims that he expected the loss despite the strong starting XI that he chose to field.

Pellegrini said: "The players were clear with what they had to do in this game. I spoke with them before the match and we had four or five days working together.

"We`re not prepared to play the way we want them to play so this was a normal match for pre-season. I`m not worried and this is what we expected."