Patrick Vieira praises Manchester City’s summer deals and hails ‘fantastic’ Brazil full-back Maicon

By Dean Wilkins

Manchester City’s summer signings will bring success and glory to the Etihad, claims Patrick Vieira.

The Blues’ football development executive is delighted to have his former Inter Milan teammate Maicon at the club and believes the Brazilian will be key to their season.

The right-back – who will fight it out with full-backs Aleksandar Kolarov, Pablo Zabaleta, Micah Richards and Gael Clichy for a starting position – has recently seen his place in the Brazil’s squad lost to Manchester United’s Rafael, but he’s determined to win it back.

“He is a fantastic player,” claimed the Arsenal legend. “I spent a few years with him at Inter and he has experience and talent.

“He has the ambition to be part of the Brazilian national team for the World Cup.

“It is something really important for him and I am sure he will bring a lot to this football club. He is a fantastic character to have around too.”

Maicon won the Champions League under Jose Mourinho and Vieira claims he can help City to the same, but the Blues will also be boosted by the addition of young talent.

“He has the experience of winning the Italian league and the Champions League and to have him at the football club is fantastic,” said Vieira.

“Scott Sinclair is a young, talented player and hopefully coming to City will help him get to another level.

“Jack Rodwell has already played and has done really well so far, and Javi Garcia is also a young talent – it is exciting to have these players at the club.”

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