Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira is on the verge of retirement, a decision that will end an illustrious career spanning more than 17years.
Renowned for his time with Arsenal, the 34-year-old Frenchman made a surprise return to the Barclays Premier League when he moved to Eastlands 18-months ago, as a back-up option for Roberto Mancini's side.
As recently as last month, the City stalwart looked set to extend his stay with the Citizens for another year, citing the connection he had made with the fans as a reason for him to prolong his career.
"It's really nice because although I don't play that much, I've felt a real connection with the fans," said Vieira.
"I've loved my time with City, and I just need to speak to the manager and then with the board and try to find a solution that suits everyone.
"But if there is a possibility, I would love to stay here.''
However, after helping City to lift the FA Cup, ending their 35-year wait for a major trophy Vieira could now call time on his Eastlands stay.
"When you are at a fitness level where you don’t want to be, it’s maybe better to retire," he continued.
"It's 50-50. Either I'll continue playing for City or do something else."
Vieira has also been previously linked with a coaching role at his former club Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger keen to bring his former captain back to North London.
But Mancini and Co. will be doing everything they can to convince the experienced midfielder to stay on for one more year to help them in their debut campaign in the Champions League next season.
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