Former Arsenal skipper reunited with Roberto Mancini.
PARIS (Reuters) – Patrick Vieira confirmed on Thursday he was leaving Inter Milan to join Manchester City in a bid to secure more first team action and gain a place in France’s World Cup squad.
Vieira, whose career has been plagued by injuries, won the last of his 107 caps for France in a friendly against Nigeria in August but his last appearance in an official match was September 2007 in a Euro qualifier against Scotland.
“I set myself an objective, I want to go to the World Cup”. the 33-year-old former France captain and midfielder told television channel Eurosport.
“The important thing for me is to go to Manchester City and to show the coach (Roberto Mancini) I’m the same player than when he was in charge of Inter,” he added.
“After a year in Turin and three and a half years in Milan, it’s over. To go to the World Cup I need playing time and I can’t reach my objective with Inter where I’m not a first choice player.” (Reuters)
So Roberto Mancini’s first signing as Manchester City boss is a player who the Italian brought to Inter Milan in 2006. Patrick Vieira still has two or three years in the tank and the French International midfielder has played his part in three successive Serie A title triumphs and could be a very useful addition to the Eastlands side.
Man City will be looking to bring in a few new faces this month as they look to push on with their top four chase and a player as experienced as Vieira should be able to strengthen the club’s central midfield and help to solidify things at the club who can be prone to defensive errors.