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De Jong: Encouragement from Man City pal Vieira set me on my way at Ajax

Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong admits it's a dream come true to be calling Patrick Vieira a teammate.

De Jong, away with Holland at the World Cup, says he grew up idolising Vieira when he captained Arsenal.

"He was the player, who at the time when I played against him with Ajax at Highbury, said I had a bright future ahead of me," De Jong revealed.

"That was a wonderful compliment to receive from one of the best midfielders in the world in that period.

"Patrick has a certain natural calm about him."

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