6 Jan 2010

Vieira set to leave Inter

10:24 pm on 6 January 2010

The French midfield veteran Patrick Vieira is set to leave Inter Milan within days, amid reports of interest from Manchester City football.

When asked what the chances were of the 33-year-old staying on at Inter Milan, coach Jose Mourinho rated them as very slim.

Vieira, who has had a shaky past three seasons at Inter Milan, is desperate to play for France at the World Cup and is looking to play regular first team football, denied him in Italy with stiff competition for starting places at Inter.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, who coached Inter when Vieira first arrived following a year with Juventus, is interested in signing the former Arsenal midfielder on loan until the end of the season.