It’s official, Vieira at Manchester City

After months of wondering where Patrick Vieira might end up, the former (and hopefully soon, ‘current’) French midfielder Patrick Vieira signed a six-month loan deal that would see the Inter Milan play to Manchester City for the rest of the season.

Prior to the signing, Vieira was linked both to Real Madrid and Lyon. But in recent days, Lyon said that they were no longer interested in Vieira, which eventually made Manchester City the most logical option, as playing time at Real Madrid would be rare.

Both Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and French coach Raymond Domenech praise Vieira’s move to Manchester. Both managers expressed this is exactly what their teams need to achieve their individual goals.

On the Manchester City side, Mancini said, “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. He will not need much time to settle in. “Patrick is one of the great players of his era with every almost every honor in the game against his name. I am sure City fans will welcome him warmly and appreciate the contribution he will make.”

As for the French National Team, Domenech said that he is happy to see the player finally in a position to start playing, which was the French manager’s concern all along. ” His departure (from Inter) is good news. We talked about both the past several months. He had to replay, no matter the place, eventually. But here (at Man City)… he finds himself in a very good club. It’s good for him, and is good for the Blues,” said Domenech.

While this puts Vieira in better standing with Domenech’s final selection for the team that will travel to South Africa in a few months time, nothing has been guaranteed of the player. In addition to not being a shoe-in for the French National Team, Domenech also stated that he isn’t guarenteed the captain’s armband either. He told L’Equipe that Vieira is a ‘candidte’ to be the captain. Still, everything depends on if he actually get playing time with Manchester City, according to the French boss.

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