- Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira has said he is "ready to manage any team in Europe" but not replacing Arsene Wenger as it would be "difficult"
- Viera is currently in charge of New York City and he has occupied the position since 2015
- The French gaffer claims he is "happy" to be linked with a return to London but he has vowed to continue in his role with New York City
Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira has said he is "ready to manage any team in Europe" but not replacing Arsene Wenger as it would be "difficult".
Viera who is currently in charge of New York City since 2015, has been linked with a return to the Emirates.
The MLS side are owned by the City Football Group (CFG) and the 41-year-old Viera has been tipped as one of the favourites to replace Wenger in the summer when his 22 years at Arsenal come to an end.
The French gaffer claims he is "happy" to be linked with a return to London but he has vowed to continue in his role with New York City.
Speaking to New York Times, Viera said: "I mentally know what's going on, what people are saying and I'm really happy about that.
"Honestly it's not something which will stop me doing what I am doing at the moment.
"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 is not enough to coach the team but I'm ready to coach any side in Europe.
"I don't want this to be perceived that I want to go because I don't want to leave.
"I am ready. I think we're all doing this job because one day we want to coach the biggest teams in Europe."
With the MLS regular season set to end in October, and the MLS Cup final scheduled for December, Vieira's departure from New York City could leave CFG in a quandary.
"If the call came it would be really difficult," said Vieira. "It would be difficult because we will be in the middle of the season.
"And, like every time I've been approached by any teams, I'm sitting with the guys from the CFG and will let them know. They will make the decision because I am under contract."
Legit.ng previously reported that outgoing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he was forced to resign by the executives of north London club.
The Frenchman will see his 22-year reign as the Gunners boss come to an end this summer after announcing his departure from the club last week.
Wenger claims his decision to leave the club wasn’t mutual unlike the statement the club released after he announced he will quit his position next month.
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