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07 Jan 2010 09:57:57

Vieira close to City switch

Inter Milan midfielder Patrick Vieira has all but confirmed he is on the verge of rejoining Roberto Mancini at Manchester City.

The former Arsenal captain has been strongly linked with a return to the Barclays Premier League and he now looks likely to be reunited with new City boss Mancini - who signed him while in charge at Inter during 2006 - as he aims to cement his place in France's World Cup squad.

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"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," Vieira told Canal Plus. "All this will help me get into the France team."

He added: "I wanted to go to the World Cup and I need playing time.

"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."


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