Wednesday 29 March 2017

Vieira to extend city stay

Ian Herbert

Patrick vieira is likely to agree a 12-month contract extension with Manchester City, despite an indifferent start at the club and his failure to achieve one of the goals he set himself when he moved to Eastlands in the January transfer window -- a place in the French World Cup squad, WRITES IAN HERBERT.

Discussions between Vieira (pictured) and City chief executive Garry Cook have not yet begun but the 33-year-old has taken to life in Manchester, and with Roberto Mancini encouraged by the player's concluding weeks of last season, an extension does seem likely to be agreed.

Vieira does not appear to be tempted to make the same leap as his old Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry, who is ready to move to Major League Soccer with the New York Red Bulls.

Another Frenchman in whom Mancini has an interest is Bordeaux midfielder Yoann Gourcuff, who was at Milan while Mancini was at Inter. The 23-year-old, who is in Raymond Domenech's World Cup squad, is a player in Mancini's own playing mould and would provide a creative input behind the front line, operating as an old-fashioned No 10.

Although there have been no approaches either to Bordeaux or the player's representatives, a move for a player valued at £21m is a possibility. (© Independent News Service)

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