Patrick Vieira has retired as a player to take up a new role of football development executive at Manchester City
France World Cup-winner Patrick Vieira has retired as a player to
take up a new role of football development executive at current club
Manchester City, the English Premier League side said Thursday.
"This role is a fantastic new challenge for me and I am very grateful to
Manchester City for offering me this opportunity," "I have a lot to learn about the non-playing areas of the business but
there are many very experienced people here for me to learn from and I
am confident that I can make a significant contribution to the club's
ongoing success." Vieira
in Senegal the 35-year-old midfielder won three Premier League titles
with Arsenal and four FA Cups before adding another FA Cup with City as
the club ended their 35-year-wait for silverware by beating Stoke in
last season's final.
He also won 107 caps for France and was a member of their 1998 World Cup winning side.
Vieira will report to City's chief football operations officer, Brian
Marwood, who said: "Patrick is the ultimate professional and it is our
very great privilege to introduce him as our new football development
"His experience in the world of football is virtually
unparalleled and he will be a huge asset to our club as old and young
alike benefit from his knowledge.
"His contribution to world
football during his time as a player was extraordinary and he will be
remembered as one of the greatest players to grace the Premier League.
Retire well my dear and best wishes.....*sobs* Sportdiva x