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Vieira: My 15 years of experience can help Man City

Manchester City veteran Patrick Vieira is determined to be a leader at the club.

When he returned to Italy nine years later, first joining Juventus before teaming up with Mancini at Inter, he had won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups as well as the World Cup and European Championship with France.

He says the key to his success was the English influence of hardened pros like Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Lee Dixon and Nigel Winterburn.

Now, at the age of 34, he wants to pass on that wisdom to the players at City.

He told the Sunday Mirror: "When I was at Arsenal for the first three years, the so-called back four were a big influence on me.

"It was they way they went about their training every day, their determination. They always told me to play the same way you train. You have to give your best in training to get your best form in the games.

"The guys at Arsenal were fantastic for me. They showed me the way and I was a good listener and I learned a lot.

"I think I can play the same kind of role at City now I have 15 years of experience at the top.

"There are big differences with young ­players now because they are earning more than we used to.

"It's not just young footballers who have changed, it is society in general.

"But young players are earning more than we used to and they sometimes think that they know everything and I say, 'No, is not the case'.

"I know from experience they have to keep a plan in their head and keep working.

"We see so many talented players who play at the top for a year or two and disappear instead of making a career of 15 years."

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