Vieira keen on long City stay

Published May. 29, 2011 11:42 a.m. ET

Patrick Vieira is hoping to stay at Manchester City for what could be the final season of his career next year.

Vieira, who turns 35 next month, signed for City 18 months ago as a back-up option in midfield, but he managed 34 appearances for Roberto Mancini this season.

Along the way he scored five goals, three of them in the early stages of the FA Cup where City went on to end their 35-year wait for a trophy with a 1-0 win over Stoke in the final.

It was expected he would leave the club this year, but Vieira hopes that is not the case.

"It's really nice because although I don't play that much, I've felt a real connection with the fans, particularly over the last month," he said on the club's website.

"They've really made me feel happy and at Bolton last week it was special because they were singing to me while I warmed up and I really enjoyed it, so I'd like to thank them.

"We are starting to talk about the future only now because the target we had was to qualify for the Champions League and win the FA Cup first, now we have achieved that so I will sit down and discuss things with the club and a decision will be made very soon.


"I really want to stay here because I've loved my time with City and as I said, the fans have been fantastic. I just need to speak to the manager and then with the board and try to find a solution that suits everyone, but if there is a possibility, I would love to stay here."