Patrick Vieira appeared to be on his way out of Manchester City when his name appeared on the Premier League's free transfer list. However, the club insist the former France international and Arsenal star still has a part to play at Eastlands, either in a coaching or ambassadorial role, or both.
City would still retain Vieira's player registration to provide cover in an emergency. ,p> "The information is correct as of May 26, and a player's status may have changed since then," a Premier League spokesman said.
Meanwhile, Vieira is being courted by clubs in the MLS, the Middle East and a number of European teams.