Welcome Back, Patrick VieiraBy: Rob | January 7th, 2010
Roberto Mancini has made his first signing as manager of Manchester City, and its a player the Premier League remembers very well – Patrick Vieira. The 33 year old has signed a 100k a week contract at Manchester City, apparently in an attempt to get back in the France Squad for the World Cup. The 100k is a nice bonus, i imagine.
I don’t know about anyone else, but i’m relishing seeing Vieira play in England again, one of the most brilliant defensive midfielders of his generation and fearsome competitor to boot. And he could hit a few goals in as well.
He’s also exactly the kind of signing Roberto Mancini needs at City. He’s not the biggest name in World Football anymore, but he’ll organise the team defensively and only push forward when he knows he can. he’ll be a rock in that midfield, and that is pretty much what they need.
Vieira was of course picked up by Arsene Wenger from the AC Milan reserves, and turned into a superstar. One of Wenger’s great signings, he won the double with Arsenal and Vieira became synomous with Arsenal for awhile – and his rivalry with Roy Keane seemed to epitomise the rivalry between Arsenal and Manchester United at the start of the last decade, when they were the two best teams in the land.
He was an important part of Arsenal’s famous Invincibles team, and won a whole lot of medals with club and country, including a World Cup and a European Championship. It is great to have him back. Can he still do it at 33? Time will tell, but class is permanent, its only form that is temporary.