Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira has responded to reports that he could replace Arsene Wenger at the Emirates.
Wenger announced his departure on Friday after 22 years at the helm, with speculation beginning immediately as to who could replace the Frenchman at the club.
Among the names in the hat at the early stage was former Gunners captain Vieira, winner of three Premier League titles under Wenger in his nine-year spell at the club.
However, while the ex-midfield general is flattered to be linked to the post, he told New York-based radio station WNYE that he is happy in his current role as manager of New York City in the MLS:
“I spent nine years at Arsenal which makes the club really special for me.
“But that is not enough to coach the team.”
Vieira has been in charge of NYC since taking the reins in January 2016, leading the side to consecutive Conference Semi-Finals in the MLS.
The speculation as to who might replace Wenger will rage on, with another former midfielder in the form of Mikel Arteta also thought to be among the candidates. The ex-Gunner joins a list that includes Brendan Rodgers, Max Allegri, Carlo Ancelotti and Jogi Loew according to the bookmakers’ odds. Thomas Tuchel, another early frontrunner, is almost certain to replace Unai Emery at Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season.