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Last Updated: Sunday, 6 November 2005, 11:33 GMT
Vieira rules out Man Utd transfer
Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has insisted he has no interest in returning to the Premiership and ruled out ever playing for Manchester United.

The 29-year-old moved to Juventus for 13.7m in the summer after eight years at Highbury.

"I am very happy at Juventus," said Vieira, who is still linked with a switch to Old Trafford despite now plying his trade in Serie A.

"There is no truth in me coming back to England, and certainly not to United."

Vieira was at the centre of the simmering feud between Arsenal and United, after several run-ins, although he suggested he could have moved to Old Trafford.

"In the end, it went too far with United and me," he added in the News of the World.

"The passion on the field was not controlled. I loved it, but our last games were over-the-top.

"But I never saw myself playing for them. I was well established with the Gunners, so it would have been the ultimate betrayal."

Roy Keane remains someone I respect
Patrick Vieira

The France international gave an insight into the smoke-and-mirrors world of major football transfers.

"To say I turned United down during my time at Arsenal is a big phrase because nothing was made clear," he said.

"I was told United made me an offer - and a very good one - and I don't know if they were told I wanted to go there.

"I never met Sir Alex Ferguson. There was a lot of confusion and that was my fault.

"The one thing I didn't handle properly was the business of agents. I had different agents and I wasn't in control of anything.

"There were so many people getting involved, there were so many stories. I never knew if it was really United who were interested or someone trying to work for United."

Vieira admitted he held United captain Roy Keane in high regard as a player, despite their fractious relationship on the pitch.

"We often wound each other up but he remains someone I respect," said Vieira.

"He has charisma and fights for what he believes in. He is not afraid and he's a winner.

"The fiercer the battle, the more at ease he becomes."

Vieira also strongly criticised United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, another player with whom the midfielder had several altercations.


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