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Midfield general Vieira retires

CALLING IT A DAY: Vieira

FRENCH WORLD and European Cup winner Patrick Vieira has announced his retirement from football as the midfielder’s contract at Manchester City has expired.

The 35-year-old former Arsenal captain, who won three Premier League titles and four F.A Cups during his nine-year spell in north London from 1996-2005, will now take a up a backroom staff position at the City of Manchester Stadium.

"Manchester City is delighted to announce that Patrick Vieira has accepted the newly created position of football development executive with the club,” said a statement on the club's website.

"The World Cup winner will have a wide ranging role, helping to deliver the club's social responsibility programme, both in the UK and abroad, as well as working closely with City's commercial partners.

"He will also take an active role in the development of youngsters at the Platt Lane complex, providing mentoring support as part of the academy's Multiskills Programme, which seeks to provide a well-rounded lifestyle education for the club's junior players."

Vieira joined the Blues in January 2010 where he started 24 games.

Manchester City’s chief football operations officer Brian Marwood was also full of praise for Vieira, adding:

“Patrick is the ultimate professional and it is our very great privilege to introduce him as our new football development executive. 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.”

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