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Last Updated: Sunday, 13 November 2005, 13:46 GMT
Arsenal attitude angered Vieira
Patrick Vieira
Midfielder Patrick Vieira has insisted he had wanted to end his career with former club Arsenal before he was sold for 13.7m to Juventus in the summer.

Vieira told the News of the World: "Arsenal did nothing to keep me. The bottom line is they could have kept me.

"I saw myself finishing my career at Arsenal. I thought I would be at the club for another three years.

"I don't know if they needed the money for players or the new stadium, but it was their decision to sell me."

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

He has enjoyed an impressive start to the season with Juventus, who lead the Serie A table.

Prior to joining the Italian club, Vieira had been repeatedly linked with a move to Spanish club Real Madrid.

Vieira added: "One moment I was on the phone to Arsene Wenger discussing our expectations for the season.

"The next I was told by David Dein there was an offer from Juventus and the club was neutral about my decision to accept it or not.

"Neutral? What was that was about? There had been offers before, particularly from Real Madrid.

"And every year it had been made plain Arsenal wanted me to stay.

"Had they talked to me the way they did the previous summer, there is no doubt I would still be at the club. But they didn't."


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