Arsenal legend, Patrick Vieira, recently revealed that he regrets not joining Real Madrid from Arsenal when he had the chance.
The Frenchman is considered one of the best players in Premier League history, having spent nine years with Arsenal between 1996 and 2005.
During his time with the club, he made 406 appearances in all competitions and won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, and three Community Shields.
Despite his success with Arsenal, Vieira eventually left the club for Juventus, where he stayed for a year before moving to Inter Milan in 2006.
He won another four Serie A crowns with Inter Milan as well as other domestic trophies. Vieira returned to England with Manchester City in 2011 before moving into management, taking charge of their EDS side.
After managing New York City FC, Nice, and Crystal Palace, where he has been since 2021, Vieira has impressed as a manager.
However, he has yet to manage or play for a team in Spain, which he clearly regrets.
In an interview with BeIn Sports France, relayed by Bernabeu Digital, Vieira stated, “I had no reason to leave Arsenal. I was happy, and we were competitive. But if I have to go back and change something, not agreeing to join Real Madrid is my only regret.”
Vieira’s career was remarkable for his leadership qualities and technical abilities, and he was an integral part of Arsenal’s success in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
He played a vital role in the Arsenal Invincibles team of 2003-2004 that went unbeaten throughout the entire Premier League season.
His performances on the pitch were rewarded with numerous individual honours, including the Premier League Player of the Season and the PFA Players’ Player of the Year.
Despite his impressive performances for Arsenal, Vieira was unable to secure a move to Real Madrid, and his career took him in a different direction.
However, the Frenchman has continued to impress in his career as a manager, and it remains to be seen where his career will take him in the future.