Vieira close to City switch

07 January 2010 02:13

Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira is expected to meet Manchester City officials on Thursday ahead of a proposed move to Eastlands.

The club postponed manager Roberto Mancini's weekly press conference on Thursday afternoon ahead of the Barclays Premier League match against Blackburn on Monday. City cited a change in training schedules as the reason although there is speculation it was delayed because of Vieira's imminent arrival.

One report suggested an 18-month contract has already been agreed with the 33-year-old, subject to the midfielder passing a medical.

Mancini has identified Vieira as just the kind of player City need if they are to secure a top four place.

And Vieira has already indicated he is on the verge of rejoining Mancini after making just 16 appearances in all competitions for Inter Milan all season - with most of those coming from the bench.

Mancini signed Vieira while in charge at Inter during 2006 - as the former France skipper aims to cement his place in Les Bleus' World Cup squad.

Vieira, who also played for Juventus, has revealed it is certainly the end of his Italian adventure.

"I want to go to the World Cup and I need playing time," he told Canal Plus. "It's over, after a year in Turin and three and a half years in Milan.

"I have objectives and I can't achieve them by staying at Inter where I am not part of the coach's choice.

"What's important for me is to go to Manchester City, to show the coach that I am the same as I was during the period when he was at Inter."

Source: PA

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