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Paddy Vieira Could Head Stateside?

Nevermind bulleting headers into Premier League nets, there is talk in France that City's improving midfield presence Patrick Vieira may head to the USA later this year...

The excellent bi-weekly, finger on the European footballing pulse France Football magazine ran a headlining feature on Tuesday as to the possibility that World Cup winning Frenchie legends Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and City's Paddy V may well end up plying their trade in the Major Soccer League.

Villareal's Pires admits to being tempted and the word in la republique is that Henry and Vieira are too.

In point of fact, the statistic packed publication reveals that Vieira has recently purchased a classy loft apartment near New York's Central Park in the heart of Manhattan.

Jerome de Bontin, former AS Monaco president who now sits on the board of trustees of the United States Soccer Foundation told FF:

'Certain players and their agents have contacted me for help in coming to the USA. A good twenty odd.'

de Bontin went on to confirm regarding Henry:

'His is a good subject. He's played at Arsenal, Monaco and now Barçelona. He speaks English, French and Spanish and is one of a group of players interesting the Americans. I would not be surprised if he signed a similar MLS contract to that of David Beckham.'

As for Pires and Vieira:

'You are right, the Americans talk about them.'

Vieira currently holds a contract with The Blues until the end of this season in his bid to lead France to this years World Cup in South Africa. There has been talk around SportCity that City might offer him a one year contract extension depending upon whether or not the club reaches The Champions League.

For his part, the player whose performances at City have steadily improved now he has battled free from Italian injury problems remains professionally focused on his quest with The Citizens. This week's VMC Man Of The Match poll winner wants that Premier League fourth placed finish:

'When I arrived I wasn't physically at the top but I'm getting better. Hopefully I can help the team to achieve what we really want. As a team we are maybe more complete than the others. In every position we're strong.'

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 6 2010

Time: 3:46PM

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If we qualify for next seasons Champions League (which we will) would PV leave or would he stay. I think the latter.
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06/04/2010 16:07:00

Whether he will be good enough next year could play a major part. If we offer him a contract similar to now, i.e extend it then i think he will stay otherwise a big money move to america would probably suit.
Once a Blue
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06/04/2010 18:11:00

Patrick Vieira is not a necessity so we don't really need him beyond this season
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06/04/2010 19:26:00

In Paris, Vieira and Gerard Houllier are the pundits on Canal+ for the Barsenal game tonight. At half time the anchor lady has been quizzing him about MCFC and his quest for The Champions League and South Africa with France. Ever the dignified statesman, against a massive backdrop of himself in a City shirt and then his goal shown against Burnley, he underlined his commitment to securing 4th place with City. He revealed he spoke to French Coach Raymond Domenech after the Burnley game who told him "keep on playing like that and you will go to the World Cup." Surely City can only benefit if he maintains that standard. Great publicity across la republique for Man Seetee, too!!
Johnny Baguette
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06/04/2010 20:48:00

Thanks for the info JB - Vieira would be a good asset for us next season, if only as cover in the midfield. I wouldn't mind him staying another year.
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07/04/2010 04:34:00

His experience and knowledge around the City squad could come in well handy IF we can take 4th.
Johnny Baguette
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07/04/2010 08:16:00


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