Rafa insists that he will not sell

Maicon, Mario Balotelli and Esteban Cambiasso have all been linked with moves away from the San Siro.

But Benitez said: “We have so many class players and Maicon is one of them.

“Maicon is important for us, we must speak with the club about him and decide, but for now he’s our player and we are happy because Maicon is very strong.

“Balotelli is a quality player, and we are happy to have him with us, we need to work well with him.”

Benitez further added: “For me, Cambiasso is a player of the highest level, we are happy to have him here.