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Patrick Vieira
Spelling Patrick Donalé Vieira
Gender Male
Birthplace Dakar, Senegal
Born 1976 06 23
Height 1,92 m
Nationality France
Ethnic French
Job French Footballer
  New York City FC Manager
  Nice FC Manager
Desc Born in Dakar, Senegal, Patrick Vieira was raised in Paris, dreaming of becoming a football player and playing for the biggest clubs in the world. In 1994, aged 18, he made his professional debut for Cannes


Org French National Team
Club as Player Manchester City
  Inter Milan
  Arsenal FC
  AC Milan
  Cannes FC
  FC Tours U19
  FC Drouais
Club as Coach Manchester City [as youth coach]
  New York City FC [NYCFC]
  Nice FC


Coach Arsene Wenger
Mentor Jacques Autef
Teammate Tony Adams
Rival Roy Keane
Boss Tom Glick [President of NYCFC]
Colleague Zinadine Zidane
  Christian Lattanzio [Assistant coach at NYCFC]
  Kristian Wilson [Performance coach at NYCFC]
  Matt Cook [Physical Performance coach at NYCFC]
1997 02 26
Patrick Vieira had his first debut for French National Team
1998 07 12
World Cup 1998 final where France defeat Brazil 3-0. Zinedine Zidane score 2 goals with assist from Emmanuel Petit and Youri Djorkaeff. also final goal came from Emmanuel Petit with assist by Patrick Vieira

2000 10 04 Retrieve

[Vieira was sent off for the second time in just four days at the start of the season against Liverpool at Highbury] The day after the Liverpool game I spoke to the manager [Arsene Wenger]. What we talked about was enough for me to keep going and to want to stay at Arsenal. The sending off was frustrating. I said things straight after the game and that is the time when you are emotional. You can’t make an important decision when you are feeling like that. But I want to make one thing clear - I will never leave Arsenal

I hear stuff after the game. I know that some players [Darren Williams] in the other team are told their job during the game is to wind me up. I feel sorry for managers who feel they have to do that.

But I will never change because, basically, I don’t want to change. I really enjoy English football and the life in England. I am happy here. I am not going to leave a place where I am happy because of that. The ban has finished now and I am so pleased about that. All that happened, that is behind me. I will not forget what happened but all I want to do now is look forward with Arsenal because I feel we can have a fantastic season

2001 04 19 Retrieve

[Patrick Vieira criticizes Arsene Wenger] We need some more quality players. Losing Manu and Marc Overmars was a mistake of the club. Of course it was good business but it was a big disappointment for me. If we still had the same team now and put Overmars and Petit in it, we would be even better and stronger. It’s not that I miss Petit - the team needs him

Players like Lauren, Sylvain Wiltord and Robert Pires are fantastic. We have a really good team but that doesn’t stop us missing Petit and Overmars. They have contracts and if the club wants to keep them they can. If you want to win the Premiership and Champions League you have to keep your best players

I have a contract with Arsenal until 2004. But, as we know, anything is possible in football. From today I will say nothing more about my future

[Arsenal must now ensure they finish second in the Premiership and beat Liverpool in the FA Cup final] But I have to be honest. Even if we manage to reach these two objectives, I would qualify our season as average. In the championship we are 15 or 20 points adrift of Manchester United, so for me it’s really a season to be forgotten

2001 05 25 Retrieve

[When Ferguson want to buy Patrick Vieira] I am in talks with Arsenal to make a decision about staying or not. When you want to be a big team you cannot afford to lose your best players. You cannot release the likes of Emmanuel Petit and Marc Overmars. The FA Cup final was the symbol of our season. If we had scored a second goal we would have won, but we didn’t. All year we kept losing big matches. I’m not living in the past, but I can say the 1998 team was extraordinary because it had players with character who made a difference

2001 06 25 Retrieve

[Vieira heaps derision on Arsenal’s Champions League ambitions and criticised their £18.5 million summer signings of Francis Jeffers and Giovanni van Bronckhorst] Comparing Arsenal to the big clubs in Europe this season is going to be quite ridiculous. As far as I’m concerned, the matter is resolved. I am leaving Arsenal and I have made that perfectly clear

2003 05 02 Retrieve

[Vieira must pay a fine of £2,300, while and Valencia were fined £9,250 for the racist abuse of players by their supporters during the match against Arsenal FC] They keep saying they will do something about it but all they are doing is fining clubs 2,000 or 3,000 pounds and nothing really happens

2003 08 13 Retrieve

[Vieira signs new deals with Arsenal FC] As I have always said, I’m happy here at Arsenal and it’s always been my intention to sign a new contract at the club. I’m really confident about that this season as we have a great squad here, with great team spirit and fantastic talent. I really believe we will go from strength to strength.

It’s also fantastic news that Robert Pires has agreed a new deal as he’s also a really important player for the club

2003 12 02 Retrieve

[Vieira back for Arsenal after injury ‘nightmare’] I have been working hard with fitness coach Tony Colbert for the last 10 days and I am feeling good. I always saw the Wolves games as a possible return but I have been determined to get fully fit. The last couple of months have been a nightmare to be honest. I just want to play so much.

2004 04 25 Retrieve

[Patrick viera after Arsenal sealed the Premiership title at Tottenham] It is my third title here and we want to continue like that because the club is getting bigger every year and our targets are getting bigger every year

2004 06 Retrieve

[Patrick Vieira on Steven Gerrard] I couldn’t vote for Thierry Henry as the Player of the Year because you can’t vote for your own team-mates, reveals Vieira. So I voted for Gerrard. In my opinion he’s in the top three midfielders in the world, maybe the best right now. I heard what Alex Ferguson said about him being better than me. He’s probably right. Gerrard is England’s best player and he single-handedly got Liverpool into the Champions League. He is the complete player. He can score, he has a great final ball, he can tackle and he drives his team forward. He is a winner on the pitch, which is why I really admire him.

2014 10 04
Patrick viera had his hightest market value ever at $39.90m

2005 07 15 Retrieve

[Vieira talks about his move to Juventus] It was a very difficult decision, but I am happy with it. When you spend nine years at the club, like I did, it is a difficult decision to leave. But in the end you have to make a choice for your future. It was a very difficult decision, but I am happy with it

I made the decision to leave because I felt it was time for me to have a new challenge. But that does not mean I was unhappy or that I was having a problem at Arsenal. It was just that I had the feeling I needed to grow and meet a new challenge, and I feel Juventus was the best challenge for me

I’d like to thank the Arsenal fans. They have been fabulous. Even recently in the street they were saying ‘if you are going, then thanks for the last nine years’. That is really touching and it makes me feel that I gave my best for the club. I can go with my head held high. I did my best every day in training and in every match, and I left shaking the hand of Arsene Wenger and Mr David Dein. That was really important to me

2008 10 14 Retrieve

[Patrick Vieira on Steven Gerrard] The best midfielder I would say is Steven Gerrard. I really rate him as a player and as a man

2010 01 08 Retrieve

[Patrick Vieira says his overall fitness is good and is confident he can help Manchester City challenge at the top of the Premier League despite his advancing years] I never had any doubt about it. I am not 20 but I am not 40 or 45 either. I am still really motivated and believe I can be successful. When I look at the players City have got, I think we can achieve a lot. I strongly believe we are not out of the race to win the title but we need to believe the club can do it, because we can

I have always been lucky enough to choose the right team to achieve things in the past. I really believe City can do the same and I want to be a part of it. The manager [Roberto Mancini] knows me really well. I know I can give something to the club and I hope they can give me the opportunity to get back into the France national team

[Patrick Vieira confirms he ended his four-and-a-half-year stay in Italy to help his bid to win a place in the France squad for the 2010 World Cup] It’s over, after a year in Turin and three-and-a-half years in Milan. I wanted to go to the World Cup and I need playing time. I have objectives and I can’t achieve them by staying at Inter where I am not part of the coach’s choice. What’s important for me is to go to Manchester City, to show the coach that I am the same as I was during the period when he was at Inter. All this will help me get into the France team

2010 05 17 Retrieve

[Vieira absence means that for the first time since winning the World Cup on home soil, France will play a major tournament without any player from the team that stunned Brazil 3-0 in the 1998 final at the Stade de France] It was a challenge for me but I will not be able to play one last major tournament for France. He [Domenech] made a choice on sporting grounds, I accept that

2011 07 14
Patrick Vieira retires to take up off-pitch role with Manchester City

2011 07 14 Retrieve

[Patrick Vieira retires to take up off-pitch role with Manchester City] I have a lot to learn about the non-playing areas of the business but there are many very experienced people here for me to learn from and I am confident that I can make a significant contribution to the club’s ongoing success

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Patrick viera on Paul Scholes] The player in the Premiership I admire most? Easy - Scholes

2014 06 04 Retrieve

[Patrick viera talks about his root] I don’t make any difference between France and Senegal – I feel I am both countries

[Patrick viera on becoming coach] I’m learning on the job. Since I started, I’ve seen the impact I have on the youth because, of course, there’s a massive respect for what I achieved in football. And when I’m talking to them, I see the way they’re looking at me with big eyes … and really taking into consideration all the information I can give them

It’s not easy because when you’re a player, you’re listening, and then when you’re the coach, you are the one talking – the one who explains things. There is a different way of talking to the players, and I give myself a few years before taking the big step

[Patrick viera explain why I left AC Milan and I signed for Arsenal] It was the World Cup in France and I wanted to be part of it, but obviously I needed to play some games. That’s why I left AC Milan and I signed for Arsenal

[Patrick viera on le professeur] Arsene Wenger was really important for me as well because he make me grow up as a man and as a player

[Patrick viera remembers France’s World Cup] Playing the World Cup in 98 was a crazy moment. We were watching the news and we saw Paris was going crazy, but not just Paris – France was going crazy. And it just looked like a French revolution – people in the street celebrating and it was fantastic and this is when I really realized how football can be powerful

[Patrick viera talks about his Senegal] It took me a long to come back to Senegal because growing up in France, being so young, I didn’t realize how important it was for me. [Vieira says his memories of Senegal are faint] I felt like I lost my brain. I got into football when I was in France – just playing on the street. A guy who was living not too far from our house saw me playing and asked me if I wanted to play in the system, in a club. I said, ‘Yes, of course, but the only way I will go is if my friends are coming with me’

[On his way towards a position at Ligue 1’s AS Cannes, he would travel three hours, to Dreux, to play for FC Drouais. As his family didn’t have car, it was a journey that wouldn’t have been possible without help] Dreux was my first club where it was a proper structure and then I met somebody there called Mr. Jacques Autef. He was somebody who was really important to me because he was picking me up from home, taking me to training and bringing me back home. This person gave me that discipline to really be in training and go to training every day

[Taking in lessons from Mancini and Mourinho, to add to his wealth of experience, Vieira says he is now ready to chart his own course as a coach] The last two years I realized that I really want to do coaching. I want to be on the field, I want to use my experience with young players and one day be a coach of a first team somewhere around the world

[Patrick viera on Football] The power of football is really simple. Because of football, I speak different languages. Because of football I’ve been traveling all around the world, and football had a massive impact on me developing as a person. So many kids dream to play football, so you can use that sport to promote education and I believe we don’t do it enough

And every year growing up, I wanted to know where my family grew up, I wanted to know where I grew up, where I was born. With my experience traveling around the world, I realized it was important for me to come back and try to help kids who are here who don’t have the same structure that we have in Europe. It takes time, but it’s better to be late than never

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Patrick Vieira on Thierry Henry] Thierry Henry is the best striker in the world. By far he’s the best in the world. Thierry doesn’t just score goals. Even when he’s not having a good day he can make an important pass. He is a strong character. If things go wrong, he bounces straight back. His effect on the club is very big

2015 10 23
Patrick Vieira, hired from Manchester City to coach fledgling MLS club NYCFC, meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping and British Prime Minister David Cameron

2015 11 09 Retrieve

[NYCFC hires overseas legend Patrick Vieira] I’m delighted to take up the role of head coach of New York City FC. To work with this squad, with Claudio Reyna and Rob Vartughian and the fantastic support team that is in place, is an exciting prospect for any coach

This established football set-up - together with a passionate and loyal fan base, located in a special city which I know well - makes for an unparalleled opportunity that I’m delighted to seize with both hands. I cannot wait to get started

2015 11 28 Retrieve

[on Roy Keane] What I like about him is the fact that he wouldn’t talk; he’d take the kick, he wouldn’t say anything, then, on the next one, he’d give it to you and he would expect, of course, that you say nothing. He’s not the kind of player who talks a lot. So he’ll take the kick, he will give back, but I like him - he’s quite fair

2015 11 29 Retrieve

[on Roy Keane] We had similar qualities as players. We were both determined, we wanted to win, and we were both leaders of our teams. That’s why I always loved to play against him. [. . .] despite the rivalry, there has always been respect between us. We challenged ourselves, we battled, but we always retained respect for each other

2016 01 23 Retrieve

[New York City coach Patrick Vieira on looking to instil the qualities of the Big Apple into his new squad] New York is really lively. It is full of energy in this city and I would like my team to reflect what New York is all about. So I will ask my players, I would want my team to be full of energy, to be lively and to develop a really positive attitude

2016 02 03 Retrieve

[On Dennis Bergkamp] [. . .] our technical leader, the one who would bring the small magic that would help us win something

2016 02 04 Retrieve

[On Dennis Bergkamp] To make his kind of passes you have to like things to be perfect

2016 02 13 Retrieve

[on Jose Mourinho] He’s the manager who had more influence on me (than Arsene Wenger). Why? Because he was the one who impressed me most on his work ethic. He knew everything about the opposition, the strength, weakness. His detail was unbelievable; everything was so clear about what he wanted from each player. I don’t know what happened at Chelsea but he always got the best out of his players

2016 02 14 Retrieve

[on Jose Mourinho] His philosophy is that you may have to play against a team who are better than you, but you have to find a way to win the game. Sometimes you have to accept that you are playing against a better team. A better team, yes, but that does not mean a winning team

2016 02 14 Retrieve

[on Jose Mourinho] I remember at Inter, sometimes I wasn’t part of the starting eleven, but he would always find the time to talk to me. If every single player puts the team before themselves, the team will be successful, and I think that is the strength of Jose Mourinho

2018 02 04 Retrieve

My dream was to play in the World Cup and my dream was to play in the biggest team I can. My first advice [for young players] is not to be scared to make a move. I think it’s really exciting when you’re a young player that you have a big club who are interested in signing you. You have to make a decision to go and if you go and see that it doesn’t work, don’t be scared to move on

[Vieira looks back fondly at his time with the 23 man squad in 1998] You had players who understood that the team comes first, who understand that Zinadine Zidane was the main man, everybody understood where their place was. Being in the national team, being one of the 23 players was a dream. As a kid, all I wanted to do was to be with the national team. I think, we were a success in ‘98 because everybody understood where they were standing

I was behind Deschamps, Karembeu, Boghossian, Emmanuel Petit. That is why I think it’s important to understand that, those players were playing in some of the greatest teams in Europe and they were playing really well for the national team. So for me, it was important to sit on the bench, to look, to understand and I was really close to Didier Deschamps

He [Deschamps] was really important to me because we had a really good relationship, talking, taking advice from him and he helped me to grow as a player. I knew my time would come one day, but it was important for me to take as much as I could from him and that would help me to become a better player

[France became the first host country in 20 years to lift the World Cup. It was a defining moment not just for French football but also for France as a country. A moment that Vieira describes as being bigger than football itself] It’s an unbelievable feeling. I was born in Senegal and I grew up in Paris and I always dreamed to be a football player and I managed to lift the biggest trophy in the world and for me, it’s a dream come true. When you achieve your dream you are proud about yourself and the memories like starting on the bench, coming on and giving the ball to Petit. Emmanuel Petit and I had a fantastic relationship when we played at Arsenal FC.

France was going through a really difficult period of racism and to have Zinadine Zidane’s pictures on the The Arc de Triomphe was something fantastic. Winning the World Cup sent the message, sent the image of France. That picture of the French team winning was the French national team with diversity and I think that time and that moment was bigger than just football

[The World Cup in Russia comes at the right time for France] Yeah, I think they have the talent to do it. After all, they have a really good manager who, for me, is a team manager and he will find the right words to bring them together. This is the type of player he [Didier Deschamps] was before and with the talent, I believe that France will reach at least the semi-final of the World Cup

2018 04 28 Retrieve

[Patrick Vieira speaks about being linked with taking over from Arsene Wenger in north London​] It’s an honour to be mentioned with Arsenal. It was somewhere I spent nine years and I love the club. I played my best football there and made my name in the game. I am always going to have a deeper relationship with Arsenal. That [alone] is not enough to coach that team, but I’m ready to coach any side in Europe

2018 05 08 Retrive

[when asked about Arsene Wenger’s greatest strength] He trusts his players. He will try to make you make the right decision by himself, not by him telling you what he expects or what he wants you to do. That can be a weakness as well. Sometimes as a player, you need a good kick in your ass

2018 05 12 Retrieve

[Patrick Vieira speaks after his side’s 4-0 defeat by cross-town rivals New York Red Bulls] If I had the chance to change all the ten players on the field, I would have done it at half-time

2018 06 06 Retrieve

[Patrick Vieira talks about World Cup 1998] Winning the World Cup 1998 changed my life. Shoulders up, chest out, a world champion. I walked with my head held higher, with more confidence

2018 06 11 Tweet

After two and a half years as head coach of NYCFC, today will be my last day. I can honestly say that my time with the club has been absolutely perfect - both on the professional and personal level. Leaving New York is an incredibly difficult decision for me and my family and one that has not been taken lightly

[When Wenger announced his departure after 22 years in charge, Vieira was linked with the Arsenal role] I am always flattered to hear my name linked with different football clubs. That is good for your ego but at the same time, I am happy here. We will see what will happen in the next couple of years. I spent nine years at Arsenal which makes the club really special for me. But that is not enough to coach the team

2019 05 27 Retrieve

[Patrick Vieira is flattered to have seen Arsene Wenger talk him up as a future Arsenal manager] I’m really privileged to have worked under Arsene and him saying that is really flattering. If I manage Arsenal one day I will take him for dinner and I will pay the bill! He didn’t say it to put pressure [on me]. It’s just flattering that the guy who spent over 20 years there thinks I have the quality to manage a big club like Arsenal one day.

[Vieira added on his future ambition, with there a desire on his part to one day work in the Premier League or Serie A] Since I was in Manchester City I had a clear idea about the next step for me. Moving from City to New York in the MLS and then coming back to the French league was the right decision. I have a clear idea of what I want to achieve, and I will try to take the right decision to get to the top. I want to take my time to get there, but I would love one day to manage one of the teams I played for in Italy or England. When you have an exciting league like in England, you always want to get involved. But I don’t put a time on it, because my work will decide if I deserve it or not. That is what will dictate if I deserve this kind of job

There is more pressure in Europe than in America but I really enjoyed all the difficulties. I’m finding my way but we [Nice] finished the season seventh with the third youngest team in the league, with all our injury troubles on the field and no number nine. It’s been challenging, but we did a good season. The progress is never enough because we always want to do better, but to finish in that position is really good

2019 07 01 Retrieve

[Patrick Vieira has ruled out a return to English football at Newcastle, with the Frenchman fully committed to his role at Nice] I am at OGC Nice long term. I have no intention of going elsewhere. I’ve always felt good here and with the people around me. I can’t see myself anywhere other than OGC Nice.

2019 08 14 Retrieve

[Indeed, just weeks before his release, Vieira would reveal that Mario Balotelli turned up late and overweight for pre-season training last summer] I want to answer back, or just slam him up against the wall or leave him hanging by his collar on the coat rack

2019 08 30 Retrieve

[French football’s fight against homophobia went worldwide on Wednesday as Nice’s 2-1 loss to Marseille at the Allianz Riviera became the most high-profile game to date to be suspended because of displays of intolerance from certain sections of the crowd] The referee was right to interrupt the match. It’s unacceptable. The message has been clear and the referee had no choice. Maybe he could have given us a little more time to go to see the supporters and ask them to remove the banners. But I hope that this won’t happen again, here or elsewhere

[Nice published an official statement condemning this ban and Vieira also spoke out against it] It annoys me because it happens quite often. It’s a lot easier to give a ban to everyone than to have plans to control the few troublemakers. And I think football loses there

2019 09 05 Retrieve

[Instead of signing with NYCFC, though, Gio Reyna made the decision to head to Germany at age 16, benefitting from a Portuguese passport secured through his father’s side of the family. His talents, though, led Vieira - now the manager of French side Nice - to compare Reyna with one of his former France team-mates] The thing I like about him is that he has an eye for the goal, he’s a goalscorer. I don’t want to put too much pressure on him but he reminds me a little of David Trezeguet

2019 10 15 Retrieve

[Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira has revealed that he would one day love to return to the Emirates Stadium to coach his former team] Yes, like any player, when we do this job we want to reach the very highest level. But I can reach a very high level with Nice from the moment we give ourselves the means to succeed and at the moment the way which we work is quite consistent. But we do this job, and I do this job, to one day to be the coach of a team that participates in the Champions League or the World Cup

2019 11 12 Retrieve

[Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira insists Unai Emery deserves to be given time to turn around the Gunners’ recent fortunes] It’s true Arsenal are going through a tough spell. But I haven’t watched all their matches, so I can’t talk about their game. They have a coach who is qualified and who works well. When a club is having a difficult time, it’s important to be united. I think he has enough experience to get them through this difficult spell. We have to get behind him and give him time to change things. I am not sure a change of manager will fix the problems

[FC Nice head coach Vieira still hopes to see his old manager Arsene Wenger make a return to the dugout] I would like to see him coaching again. Arsene has a big passion [for football]. I have never met another coach who spends more time watching football games, analysing their opponent’s matches, talking about football. It’s his passion, it’s his life. So, I hope he can find another club to coach. It didn’t work out with Bayern Munich, maybe it will work out with another team

2019 11 13 Retrieve

[While discussing Cristiano Ronaldo’s petulant reaction to being substituted against AC Milan last weekend] At Juventus, the club is the real star

2019 11 13b Retrieve

[Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira admits he feels sorry for Granit Xhaka and backed the midfielder to bounce back from recent drama] I feel sorry for him because he [was] the captain and he’s going through a really difficult period and really difficult time at Arsenal. I think we have to remind ourselves that he’s achieved a lot since he’s at Arsenal and he deserves a lot of respect. When you’re a player and don’t perform the way you expect, you get frustrated about yourself. And sometimes you say things or do things you regret. I find it really difficult a lot of ex-footballers have jumped on him and being really negative towards him - it’s too too easy. I know how good he is and he will come through this difficult period because he’s a strong man, he’s a good player. And he will show how good he is.

2019 11 13c Retrieve

[After two years in charge of MLS side New York City, Vieira is currently coaching Nice and while focused on the job at hand in Ligue 1, he concedes a future move back to England is appealing] You dream about coaching one day in the Premier League. You will want to coach one of the teams that you play for. But you know what I am really focusing at the moment is how we can improve in Nice, to do better in the league.v

2019 11 29 Retrieve

[Quizzed on the Miami talk at a pre-match press conference] At the beginning of the season it was Lyon, today there is Inter Miami and tomorrow it will be Botafogo. I don’t know what to say to you

I do my job every day as best as I can. After that, you have to ask certain people what happens, but I do not feel in any danger. But, in football, we know that things move very fast

2019 11 29b Retrieve

[Patrick Vieira worked with Balotelli at OGC Nice last year and admitted that sometimes he wanted to] just slam him up against the wall or leave him hanging by his collar on the coat rack

2019 12 01 Retrieve

[Patrick Vieira played down talk he could take over at Arsenal as the Nice FC coach labelled it a very complicated job] There are things I don’t control, people who say a lot of stuff, which is true or not true. I didn’t say anything, I didn’t say anything about that. I’m like you, I read, I look, I hear things, and that’s it.

[Vieira, whose Nice side are 11th in Ligue 1, said the position at Arsenal shaped as a tough one for Emery’s successor] It’s a very complicated job, I realise that. I support Emery, it’s always sad to see a coach losing his job. Today it’s him, tomorrow it might be me, but as soon as you decide to start in this job, you have to expect to be fired at some point

2019 12 03 Retrieve

[Patrick Vieira has distanced himself from the Arsenal job] I feel like it vexes you more than me or the club. There is nothing to say about it. There is nothing serious, nothing real. I have no comments to make about that

2019 12 08 Retrieve

[Vieira drops Arsenal manager hint: I couldn’t ignore them] You can never ignore a club where you’ve spent nine years. But, honestly, I’m focused on this project at FC Nice, I feel very good here. It’s a very exciting project. I’ve always said that I’m very happy in Nice. We’re all working to move the club forward and there is potential

2019 12 23 Retrieve

[Nice boss Patrick Vieira has denied holding talks with Arsenal prior to Mikel Arteta’s appointment as head coach] No. It’s flattering seeing your name everywhere but I am under contract with Nice. I have known since I arrived how lucky I am to be involved with this club’s project. I don’t have any intention or desire to go and look elsewhere

[Nice finished seventh in their first season under Vieira and sit 10th in Ligue 1 at the halfway mark this term] The objective is to play in the Champions League one day, but it will take time

2020 01 16 Retrieve

[Vieira: It was really difficult for Balotelli and I to work together] Mario’s mindset was difficult for a collective sport. The philosophy I wanted to put in place, the togetherness and work ethic I wanted to build, it was difficult for me to work with a player like Mario Balotelli. It was really difficult for both of us to work together, so we decided to go different ways

[Vieira spent much of his career under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal] Even when Arsene was in a difficult period, he remained at the same level. It was not like when we were winning he was higher or when we were losing he was low. That is something I really like and it’s important because as a player it gives you confidence. But all the managers I had, from Wenger to Jose Mourinho to Roberto Mancini, knew the players and knew how to connect with them

2020 01 17 Retrieve

[Vieira not bothered by Arsenal rumours and committed to Nice] No, but there is no place in my mind to have those kind of conversations. My focus is here [at Nice]. This project suits who I am and what I want to achieve. This rumour about the Arsenal job is not something that bothered me. I don’t know what the future holds but that is why I don’t want to put my brain somewhere that doesn’t exist. This club knows I want to stay and I know they want me to stay, 100 per cent

[Vieira said he discussed the possibility of taking over from Wenger before he became Nice coach] It was just a conversation about my situation, where I am, what is the next step. Nothing came of it.

It is a lot of pressure and expectation. People expect you to do well because you are a World Cup winner. But being a World Cup winner only gives you one or two weeks’ grace as a coach. My legacy and the confidence of the fans, the players, the people around the football club will come with what I deliver on the pitch - and I want people to talk about me as a coach, not as a player. The player was what I did and what I achieved. I am really proud of that, it is fantastic, but I put it to the side. I use it as an experience to talk to the players or give them advice, but I want people to look at me as a coach

2020 05 13 Retrieve

[Patrick Vieira praised Mikel Arteta’s impact on Arsenal, saying the head coach had brought energy back to the club] When you’re a Gunner, always a Gunner, so I’m watching them all the time, I watch their games. What is really interesting with Arteta is that he brings the energy back and it looks like they are playing for the club, but for the manager as well, and I think that is really important

I really don’t know what the future will be, but doing this job it was like being a player. I wanted to play at a high level, I wanted to play for the national team, I wanted to go to the World Cup, I wanted to play with the best players and there is no doubt as a coach I have the same kind of ambition. I would want to manage a team that will have a chance to win the Champions League, to play the Champions League competition. But at the moment, honestly, right here at Nice I am in the perfect place, perfect place because I can fulfil my ambitions, the club is really ambitious and the club give me the tools to grow as a manager, but to be a part of a winning team and to play good competitions as well. The team is growing up really fast, really quick and hopefully I can get my ambitions with OGC Nice.

2020 05 27 Retrieve

[Why are European stars like Henry & Stam choosing MLS to revive their coaching careers?] I just think that coaching in MLS is, of course, harder than in Europe. That is because of the salary cap and the roster, and the way you have to make things balanced in the squad, making sure you have the players you need. In Europe, if you want a player, you just go out and buy them. Here, you can’t do it unless you have all these certain criteria. It is really interesting, really fascinating. This is all about coaching as well - having the balance in your roster and spending your money the right way. I like it. I really do like it.