Mourinho: Vieira heading for England

Manchester City's talks with Patrick Vieira have continued to progress, with his Internazionale manager Jose Mourinho confirming yesterday that he has played his last game for the Italian side.

"He was great in his last game for us," Mourinho said after Inter's 1-0 win over Chievo. "He is a player that we will certainly miss now that he is leaving. It was the best way to say goodbye to us and I wish him all the best in his new life. I don't know where he is going. He doesn't have to tell anyone. England? I think so."

There have been no talks between City and Inter's defender Ivan Cordoba, though he is another of manager Roberto Mancini's former players who is of interest to the Italian. City have rejected suggestions that Mancini has offered the former Manchester United midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron the opportunity to return to the Premier League to play for them. Veron, who has always said he wanted to start and finish his career at the same club, insisted he will see out his playing days at Estudiantes in his own country. "I talked to Mancini, but it's not possible now," he said. "It's not about money. First comes my family."