Patrick Vieira says he has "no intention" of leaving Nice as Miami rumors swirl
Amidst a continuing stream of rumors linking him to Inter Miami CF, Patrick Vieira says he has no plans for a departure from his current post as head coach of Ligue 1 side OGC Nice.
Vieira's name has emerged as the reported top target for Inter Miami in its ongoing coaching search, with ESPN FC reporting last week that club brass expressed confidence a deal would get done to bring the Frenchman stateside for the franchise's 2020 expansion season.
Vieira, however, says he's staying put at Nice, according to quotes reported by UK outlet Metro, The comments were actually addressing a question about a different departure rumor that linked him to Arsenal, to which Vieira responded by saying he hasn't been contacted by the Gunners and wasn't interested in a move there or anywhere else.
"Was I contacted? No. It’s flattering (to be linked) but I know how lucky I am to be at Nice," Viera said. "I don’t have intention or desire to go elsewhere."
Vieira wrote much of his legend on the pitch at Arsenal, where he played from 1996-2005. He's currently in the middle of Nice's Ligue 1 campaign, where the club is 10th on the table, but he has coached in MLS before in a successful run with New York City FC from 2016-18 — part of what fueled the speculation he might be inclined to return to the league.
Of course, these things can change quickly, so read into that what you will. For the moment, though, Miami's head coaching position remains vacant.