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Viera's Transfer Confirmed by Mourinho

From Sky Sports:

Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Manchester City target Patrick Vieira has played his last game for the club. The France international, who hinted earlier on Wednesday that he was set to seal a move to Eastlands, played the full 90 minutes of Inter's 1-0 Serie A success over Chievo.

Mourinho told reporters after the match that the former Arsenal ace was now heading for the exit door and expects him to return to the Premier League. City boss Roberto Mancini has been strongly linked with a move for the talented midfielder, who he knows well from his stint at the helm of the Nerazzurri.

Vieira is eager to play regular football over the coming months as he looks to secure a place in France's World Cup squad for the finals in South Africa.


Mourinho told Sky Italia: 'Patrick will say goodbye to us.

'He will surely miss us. I don't know where he will go. The club thought not to turn down his request to leave. This would have been the last year of his contract. Where he will go? I said I don't know. In my opinion he will go to England, even if there is the possibility also he could go to France.'

'I wish him every happiness.'

My View:

So, it looks like it's done and dusted. Viera wants to move so he can get regular football to push for a place in France's 23 man World Cup squad. This would mean leaving out Nigel de Jong, who in my opinion, has been our player of the season thus far. Viera would provide good cover in midfield with Vincent Kompany having moved to centre back and the long-term absence of Michael Johnson.

Viera's experience would help the team and he would be an influential figure in the dressing room, but I am not sure if he can match the demands of the Premier League in his current state. However, I fully trust Mancini's judgement, he's hardly put a foot wrong as yet.

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Date:Wednesday January 6 2010

Time: 3:00PM

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Finger's crossed he's A) Coming and B) able to do a job for us. Perhaps he's being lined up for a player/coaching role come the summer? Worse people to mentor him than Mancini.
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06/01/2010 15:04:00

Why would you want him?! Old, slow, huge wage demands- Bad deal, I say. But if Mancini wants him, then it's fine.
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06/01/2010 15:08:00

We've asked ourselves the same questions JT, believe me. Can only trust Mancini knows what he's doing, and given the terms of the deal being a 6 month loan, both parties can walk away if it all goes tits up.
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06/01/2010 15:17:00

Great news for football fans who don't support Manchester City.
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06/01/2010 15:42:00

Tom14, still nothing to talk about over at Vital Arse?
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06/01/2010 16:00:00

Many many many things, like challenging for the title and how rubbish Man City have been this season. Its a helluva laff.
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06/01/2010 16:04:00

Sign him and where will Barry play? Sack the Board!
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06/01/2010 16:12:00

At least spell his name correctly
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06/01/2010 16:18:00

One thing that never changes - the sneering of the Arsenal fans. Trying to outdo the rags for arrogance now?
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06/01/2010 16:40:00

Tom14, 4-2 and 3-0....didn't see you laffin then....
buzz lightyear
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06/01/2010 18:40:00

ah tom14,so nice to see you again.have a good christmas?wenger moaning about getting past west ham in the cup i see?moaning about the rags getting beat about leeds?the christmas grinch has come out two weeks too late. see you in the final of the league cup.......oh wait,thats right............
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06/01/2010 18:54:00

wheeey! i for one still think he can do the job, hes a fine DM who still can and will make a contribution
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06/01/2010 18:56:00

Actually looking forward to his arrival, and may do well for us. I realize it's only six months but if he helps us push through then I couldn't be happier. ------------ On a side note, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, to the Vital Arsenal bunch who we have been not missing.
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06/01/2010 19:08:00

The rags can't stand Viera! Get him on board!
Johnny Baguette
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06/01/2010 19:16:00

tom i would call you a little tosser if i was allowed but i aint so all i will say is what buzz has said ........4-2 and 3-0 night sweety pie sleep safe.
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06/01/2010 23:04:00

oh and vieira wil be good for us
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06/01/2010 23:04:00

he will do a job, thats needed, if he comes to City.
buzz lightyear
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07/01/2010 06:09:00

What dies Vieira offer long term?
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07/01/2010 13:12:00

Good luck to him up there, can see him being pretty injured for you lot though
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07/01/2010 17:02:00

he knows how to win yet I reckon hes passed it, were see i suppose
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07/01/2010 19:12:00

He is well past it. Lee Dixon said even back when they were playing together Viera used to take longer than some of the other players to recover from games.
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07/01/2010 22:32:00

I will confess it has got me a little worried though.
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07/01/2010 22:33:00

Does that mean someone isn't impressed with Mr. Barry?
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08/01/2010 00:45:00

Wow and we got criticised for signing Micheal Owen yet you want to rebuild ex-Arenal, Man U and Chelsea squads lets have a look: Tevez (Man U) Adebayor (Arsenal) Bridge (Chelsea) Veron (Man U/Chelea) SWP (Chelsea - arguably) Viera (Arsenal) Toure (Arsenal) trying to find a winning formula with the leftovers?
One United 23
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08/01/2010 10:34:00

Nellup- he's being offered a short term contract, so your question seems irrelevant, no? LAVillian- have you ever heard of the terms 'squad depth' or 'squad rotation'? City lost Michael Johnson to a long term injury, so it makes sense to bring in cover, no?
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08/01/2010 10:41:00

Oneunited- Tevez is far from a leftover, he turned down a contract from utd. to sign for City, that's hardly a leftover now, is it? Veron was media speculation that was refuted by Mancini. So, no Rag leftovers here my friend.
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08/01/2010 11:02:00

Bluedub - never heard of it. Thanks for enlightening me. Always learn something new over at Vital Man Citeh. I'll have to come here next for the word of the day...
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08/01/2010 19:05:00

LAVillian- no worries mate, anytime, you know where i am.
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08/01/2010 20:25:00


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