Vieira staying at Manchester City

LONDON - French midfielder Patrick Vieira will stay at Manchester City next season after agreeing a one-year extension to his contract, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.

The former Arsenal player, who turns 34 this month, joined City from Inter Milan on a six-month contract in January with an option for a further year.

City said on their website that the option had been taken up.

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Manager Robert Mancini's first signing, Vieira made 14 appearances for the Abu Dhabi-owned club who will be playing in the Europa League next season.

The Frenchman, a World Cup winner in 1998 but passed over for his country's squad for this month's tournament in South Africa, won three Serie A championships with Inter and three Premier League titles with Arsenal.

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