Inter tell Chelsea and Barca to forget about signing Brazilian ace

Inter Milan have today told Barcelona and Chelsea to forget about signing Inter right-back Maicon after it was rumoured that both clubs were lining up bids for the player.

The Brazilian international has been at Inter for two years now after joining the club back in 2006 from French side AS Monaco. He has made over 40 appearances for the Italian giants.

Maicon has 28 caps for Brazil and is regarded by many as the best right-back in Europe and beyond. "Maicon is under contract with us until 2011 and we count on him a lot," technical director Marco Branca told Gazzetta dello Sport.

Maicon is a quality player and I would love to see him in the Premier League but now that the club have confirmed that they are ready to offer him a contract extension that seems unlikely. The 26-year old currently has three years left on his current deal with Inter but the club are looking to tie him down to a longer contract.