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.