Vieira rules out return to England

Inter Milan midfielder Patrick Vieira has ruled out a return to the Premier League, after revealing he has no desire to play for a club in England that would not be challenging for the title.

The former Arsenal skipper - who made more than 250 league appearances for the Gunners, winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups - won his third consecutive Serie A crown with the Nerazzuri in 2008/09.

And although the 32-year-old, who has made more than 50 league outings for Inter since arriving from Juventus in 2006, had hinted he is ready to leave the San Siro outfit, a return to England now appears out of the question.

Vieira had been linked with a switch to Portsmouth in January while former Gunners team-mate Tony Adams was in charge at Fratton Park, and more recently has been tipped to join Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.

But the Frenchman has since stated he is happy to stay at Inter, and would not even consider playing for a mid-table outfit in the country where he rose to prominence.

“As soon as I let people know I intend to carry on playing, people started talking about a return to France or England,” he said.

"I want to stay at Inter. I feel happy here. That desire has to be shared by everyone, but I am not looking for a departure.

"To me it is almost certain that I will stay. I can't see myself, for example, going back to England to play for a club in the middle of the table or fighting for survival.

"I would prefer to join a team in France fighting for the national title. That would be logical. Considering the World Cup is coming up, it is vital that I play next season."

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