City’s Vieira hints at retirement

The 34-year-old Frenchman, a former Arsenal captain, has enjoyed a

sparkling career, playing almost 300 games during a nine-year spell

with the Gunners. Vieira, who established himself as one of the

world’s top midfielders under Arsene Wenger, has won over 100 caps

for France and celebrated World Cup glory with his country in 1998.

But the veteran, who played for Juventus and Inter Milan before

arriving at Eastlands, has hinted he could hang up his boots in the

near future. “At 34, it is complicated,” Vieira told L’Equipe. “I

have a great chance to finish here at Manchester City this season

or next.” Vieira, who won three Premier League titles and four FA

Cups at Arsenal, as well as four Serie A titles at Inter Milan, was

expected to play little more than a bit-part role in Roberto

Mancini’s star-studded City squad this term. However, he has

featured in five games so far this season, scoring during City’s

1-1 draw against Blackburn last month.