Arsenal legend Vieira explains leaving NYCFC for Nice

NEW YORK NY- JUNE 22 Former professional football player and Western Union Pass Ambassador Patrick Vieira attends the Beyond Soccer Series Powered By streetfootballworld at Thomson Reuters Building

Just hours after Patrick Vieira departed for France, New York City FC found his replacement. The City Football Group flagship club posted a statement on their website about the New York City FC manager leaving for Nice, but it was later deleted.

Vieira retired as a player in 2011 and moved into coaching taking charge of the under-19 and under-21 Manchester City teams before coaching NY, which shares its owner with City.

The 41-year-old had been linked with replacing Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium following his former manager's departure.

"Having the opportunity to be a head coach in NY is something many dream of", Vieira said.

NYCFC (8-3-4, 28 points) now sit second in the Eastern Conference standings, two points behind Atlanta United.

The ex-Manchester City, Inter Milan and Juventus midfielder was in his third season as head coach of New York City.

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"Patrick has been a fantastic role model at NYCFC and a true leader on and off the field".

The Ligue 1 side have confirmed that Vieira has taken over from Lucien Favre, who steered the Eagles to an eighth-place finish in the French top tier last season before departing for Borussia Dortmund. His contract runs until the end of the 2020 season.

"I know we have a very talented team, I have watched numerous matches and I enjoy the way the team plays and I now can't wait to begin working with the players on the training pitch", the Catalan said in a release. "I know we have a very talented team".

After Guardiola became Barcelona's coach, he brought Torrent with him and they enjoyed great success.

The Frenchman earned 107 caps for his nation and was part of the team that won the 1998 World Cup and the European Championship two years later.

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