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Vieira to join City – Mancini spots a bargain

January 7, 2010

Patrick Vieira is all set to become Roberto Mancini’s first signing at Manchester City, providing the French International passess a medical at the club. Vieira is currently out of favour under Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan, and has decided that to prolong his career, a move to England is required.

For Vieira, the choice is a simple one. He wants to play for his country again, and the only way he can do that is by playing on a regular basis.

I set an objective for myself. I want to go to the World Cup. The important thing for me is to go to Manchester City and to show the coach (Roberto Mancini) I’m the same player as when he was in charge of Inter.

Vieira’s always been a very loyal Footballer. He served Arsene Wenger and Arsenal remarkably well, and I don’t think anyone can argue that he is sorely missed by all Gunners’ supporters. I’m sure he’ll receive a standing ovation whenever he returns to the club with City, and I’m also sure that the signing of Vieira will be a big boost to the fortunes of Manchester City, when it comes to winning trophies.

He may be 33 years old, but Vieira is still a top class player. He was a fantastic servant to the Premier League, and a real winner. Getting him on the cheap is certainly a great piece of business from Mancini and the directors at City, although with Vieira being out in the dark at San Siro, it was a good time to make an enquiry.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 8, 2010 12:26 pm

    I’m interested to see how this one pans out – he’s been offered a £10 million pound 18 month contract (£130,000 a week).

    Maybe not so cheap…

  2. George permalink
    January 8, 2010 12:39 pm

    Cheap for Manchester City’s standard!

  3. January 8, 2010 1:53 pm

    I was gonna write about this! lol… but I think Vieira won’t do well.. he doesn’t have the legs anymore…

  4. January 8, 2010 8:24 pm

    Vieira’s signature on an initial six month Manchester City appears to have split opinion,
    Even the most one-eyed Arsenal fan and Vieira aficionado would concede his best playing days are some distance behind him. The myopic Arsene Wenger talked up the Senegal born French international and then declined to re-sign him, has Mancini, who also snapped up this Carlton Palmer look alike but without the skill for Inter from Juve’, played a blinder or will his hunch come back to bite him in the arse?

    For me, this at best is a gamble, Serie A has nothing like the intensity and tempo of the English Premier League, and Vieira who left England at the top of his game in the summer of 2005, has done precious little at two top Italian clubs since to suggest otherwise.

    Manchester City already have far younger and talented, albeit without Vieira’s reputation, midfielders on their staff, including Stephen Ireland, Gareth Barry and Nigel de Jong, why bother with Vieira? A few miles across town, Sir Alex Ferguson provoked a similar summer 2009 debate when he added Michael Owen, who is a couple of years younger, to the United roster. Mancini doesn’t know what he’s doing!!

  5. January 10, 2010 3:08 pm

    130k a week is just obsene for an Inter Milan reserve

    But thats Man City for you. He could end up as a useful signing

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