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Vieira Jets In To Bolster Blues Engine Room

The vastly experienced World Cup and European Championship winner Patrick Vieira has signed for Manchester City until the end of the season...

The three times Premier League winner, four times FA Cup winner and four times Serie A winner has answered Roberto Mancini's call to leave Inter Milan and help strengthen The Citizens' young midfield.

Vieira joins City on a six months contract with 12 months to follow option.

A tough tackling class act who has just about won the lot in football, Vieira is the ideal man to help develop the likes of Vincent Kompany, Michael Johnson, Nigel De Jong and Stephen Ireland alongside England's Gareth Barry and Shaun Wright-Phillips.

It's clear that Mancio is intent upon adding experience to his squad as The Blues prepare to go over the top in a bid for success this season.

Detested by rags, most notably for his notorious clashes with failed Premier League manager Royston Vasey Keane and co, 'The Long One' or 'The Octopus' as he's known in France will be welcomed by Planet Blue with open arms.

The 33 year old Frenchman is still intent on representing France at this summer's World Cup in South Africa and says he still has a lot to prove. He told Canal Plus:

'I set myself an objective, I want to go to the World Cup. The important thing for me is to go to Manchester City and to show the coach that I'm the same player than when he was in charge of Inter.'

City boss Roberto Mancini told

"Patrick is a world class midfielder with a winner's mentality and will fit into this group very well...he knows me and my staff well, and importantly he also knows what the Premier League is all about."

Hat stand French coach Raymond Domenech told L`Equipe:

'His departure from Inter is good news,' Domenech told L'Equipe.

'We talked about it together for several months. He had to play again, even anywhere. Moreover, he has found a very good club. It is good to him and good to Les Bleus.

'If he plays and he plays at his true level, there is no reason why he shouldn't go to South Africa. But he is just like any other player - he has to play. If he plays, he is more than a candidate.'

The imposing midfielder is likely to make his debut against Blackburn Rovers on Monday night.

Welcome to MCFC, Pat!

VMC City Video Link: Vieira's First Interview


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 8 2010

Time: 12:57PM

Your Comments

Well done for getting this out so fast jb! viera will add to that winning mentality that has been built over the last year, and his experience will no doubt improve players like kompany and de Jong. 6 month deal is nothing to lose for us- welcome to city viera!
If he starts the game and Barry or De Jong are on the bench that will be a very bad sign. I cant see Mancini doing that. We might see him in the second half, but surely not 1st XI.
a big mcfc welcome to you patrick :)
I'm banking on the big man adding that mid season boost that the likes of Ali Benarbia has given us in the past, but in a different style of course! His presence adds strength to the squad.
Johnny Baguette
Time will tell if Vieira proves to be a masterstroke by Mancio or a bit of a flop, but I sincerely believe his leaderships skills and experience will help push us on to the Top 4 finish we all want. Bienvenue Patrick et Salut!
He certainly looks up for it on the video link!
Johnny Baguette
One thing in huis favour is he knows what the premier is about and will give 100%, he has to stay fit, to keep his WC hopes alive.
Buzz Lightyear
you dont get to captain of france for being a flop, i think he will be a good signing for city, and you you that defensive edge
Vieira apparently has a minor calf injury and is definitely out of Monday nights game against Blackburn Rovers if it goes ahead.
he is a born winner as he showed with all the years at arsenal so if it rubs off on our squad its money well spent.
Can't see this turning out to be a good signing. Hope i am wrong but i have serious reservations over him and the jury is out. He isn't the player everyone is talking about
Once a Blue
Patrick Viera??? Total waste of money, not that that bothers you these days.
Jinkin Jimmy Dimmock
hahahahahaha why dont you sign up roberto carlos, romario, roberto baggio, cantona, sheringham and tony adams while ur at it signing has bins
And why don't you do a great big U-turn and do one via the exit door?
It seems that Mancini is mixing the squad with a blend of PL expierence and the City youth - i like that. With Vieira coming on a free it's a no lose situation and i can see Ireland learning a lot from him.
black messi - the last time i had one of them was when i ***** my pants and that summs you up - charlie DIMMOCK you can STFU aswell you tosser
Obviously I don't want City to win anything, but I'd like to wish Paddy all the best. Treat him well Citeh, he's a good lad.
Rock7, all I want is the ability to compete with the Sky4 and this is the most exciting league in the world, even more so with the closeness of the teams and I am glad its not a runaway league where only two team can win it. This year we have seen the top teams lose matches they would not normally and this is what makes this league even better.It would be nice if City won everything every year but it would be boring for others.Because thats how its been for the last10 years or so, boring, and when you get three or four more teams challenging, all you get were complaints from thise fans of the 4 complaining we were ruining football, its just the opposite. With Top team expecting to win a trophy every year and now they are not sure. It was brilliant for football that United were beaten on their own ground by Leeds, because of the arrogance and distrespect to leeds that Ferguson showed by not playing your best team, bites you in the ass as they say. Arsene did the same, but with respect to him, he uses the CC as a guide to see what he has in reserve and they nomally do well, but even so, he either thought City were not that good, or he was goig to stick by his principals, but not having won a trophy since PV left, surely anything on the mantle piece would have satisfied the Gunners fans.
Buzz Lightyear
Looking forward to seeing how this pans out, and has already been stated, if it doesn't work for whatever reason, at the end of the season he is gone. Clever bit of work that.
bit touchy u blues aren't u??????? harmless bit of fun my comment.. i actually think its a good bit of business. i remeber when edgar davids joined us it lifted the whole team and brought a winning mentallity to the squad. we finished 5th that season with all in all a pretty poor team
Definately a good addition to the team. Will provide valuable winning and big game experience.

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