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Manchester City announced that the former French international Patrick Vieira is the new manager of the Under 21 team after dealt an executive post at the Academy of the former champion of England.

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Aged 36 years, former football player has retired from activity as a City player in 2011, after spent nine seasons at Arsenal, one at Juventus and four at Inter. With the France national team he won the World Cup in 1998 and the European Championships in 2000.

Vieira replaces Attilio Lombardo at the helm of City’s youth team, the Italian also leaving after Roberto Mancini was sacked from the helms of the first team.

Heads of City never hid the fact that at some point they want to offer Vieira the position of first team manager. City now dismissed Roberto Mancini and has not announced who will replace him next season. The best chance of reaching on the bench of the Citizens has the Chilean tactician Manuel Pellegrini.

With Mancini on the bench Manchester City finished second this Premier League season, losing the title to rivals United. In the last fixture City will take on Norwich on the Etihad Stadium.