Mancini wants Vieira on board
Midfielder could be offered City coaching role
Last Updated: May 22, 2011 12:40pm
Mancini: Keen for Vieira to stay with City in some capacity next season
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is keen for Patrick Vieira to remain with the club in a coaching capacity next season.
The veteran France midfielder is considering hanging up his boots at the end of the current season when his contract with the Eastlands outfit expires.
Vieira, who will celebrate his 35th birthday in June, has helped City secure UEFA Champions League football for next season and their first silverware in 35 years with victory in the FA Cup.
Having enjoyed great success during his career at club and international level, Mancini is keen for the former Arsenal to continuing providing guidance to his squad.
The City boss said: "Patrick has been fantastic; every time he played he was like a father for other players.
"I want to speak to him for his opinion.
"We can go on and win bigger trophies but we are happy to have created a bit of history.
"We have arrived in the Champions League after many years. We won an FA Cup - that is really important for us.
"This is only the start. We want to improve to win the title but it is difficult to say we can fight for it next year."