You want fried bread with that, Pat?
- Sat 06 Mar 2010, 10:03AM
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Patrick Vieira has quickly acquired a taste for Manchester - and loves nothing better than to kick off a lazy Sunday by putting away a full English breakfast!
City's World Cup-winning midfielder, signed from Inter Milan in the January window by manager Roberto Mancini, has settled with his family in the footballers' enclave of Alderley Edge.
And while he has lived the good life in Milan, Turin and London during a hugely successful career, the France veteran admits it wasn't just the football that lured him to Manchester.
He said: "In our job, I think England is maybe the easiest place where you can live and blend in. We can go to the market, go to the movies, we can go for a drink and nobody bothers us.
"England is a country where we can have a normal life. I've found England is better than France or Italy, and from talking to other players it's better than Spain. This is the place to live!
"We've not been shopping but we've been looking around, and people have been really nice to us, the United fans as well as City fans. We've had no problem - nobody has shouted at me yet!
"We've been in restaurants and talked about the game with City supporters there. The fans here love the game. They love their team, of course, but overall I think they love the game."
While Senegal-born Vieira reckons we're lucky that France has exported her fine wines and cuisine across the Channel, he confesses to a guilty secret that won't impress Monsieur le Chef.
He smiled: "I do like the big English breakfast, on a Sunday morning when we have the day off. But no black pudding. And no brown sauce - I like the English breakfast, but a simple one ..."