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Last Updated: Saturday, 2 August, 2003, 10:03 GMT 11:03 UK
Wenger confident over Vieira
Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira
Vieira enjoys life in London
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists Gunners captain Patrick Vieira will sign a new deal before the start of the new season.

The Vieira new-deal saga has dragged on throughout the summer, with several clubs linked with the France international should he opt against a new contract with the Highbury club.

Vieira, who has one year left on his contract, is currently recovering from surgery on a knee injury and is expected to report back for pre-season training after an extended break.

"Of course we will need to see Patrick, but the news from France where he has had three weeks of hard work after the operation is very positive," Wenger told the Evening Standard newspaper.

I have found everything I wanted in football at Arsenal
Patrick Vieira
"As for his contract, I am confident he will sign before the start of the season."

It has also been strongly reported that Vieira's Arsenal and France team-mate Robert Pires is also on the verge of signing a new contract worth 50,000 per week.

Vieira, meanwhile, had previously stated that he was keen to remain at Highbury.

"I have found everything I wanted in football at Highbury," he told The Sun newspaper.

"I want Arsenal and myself to grow bigger together. So I will remain faithful to the club despite all the rumours being put out by my pseudo-agent."

The 27-year-old is believed to have been referring to his former representative Marc Roger.

"My telephone never stops ringing," said Vieira.

"People tell me 'your agent has said this' or 'your agent has said that', but I have reached the stage where I can manage by myself, even if I may need a lawyer for certain matters."

The player added: "Family life is very important to me. I dream of getting married and having lots of children around me.

"And I like London very much."


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