Vieira concentrating on club career

The former Inter Milan and Arsenal midfielder was devastated at

being left out of the World Cup squad after moving to Eastlands in

January. Even though Laurent Blanc has replaced Raymond Domenech as

France coach, Vieira has no plans to revive his international

career. The 34-year-old said: “My focus is on City, nothing else. I

want to do my best for the club. I want to repay the trust of the

manager (Roberto Mancini), Brian (Marwood, football administration

officer) and Garry Cook (chief executive).” France imploded in

South Africa, falling at the first hurdle after the players

boycotted a training session in protest at Nicolas Anelka being

sent home. The Chelsea striker headed back to London after a row

with Domenech became public knowledge. Vieira was saddened at the

way events unfolded, adding on City’s official website: “I was

there watching the games, hoping that France would do well.

Obviously, they didn’t. “I’m disappointed like every French person

who loves the national team. It was difficult not being with the

team, but I didn’t have the choice. “It was a difficult moment. I

think France are going through a tough period. We were expecting

them to at least go through from the group to the first knockout

round but they didn’t do it.”