New York City FC boss Patrick Vieira plays down Saint-Etienne reports

Vieira plays down Saint-Etienne reports
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New York City FC boss Patrick Vieira plays down suggestions that he could be heading for Ligue 1 outfit Saint-Etienne this summer.

New York City FC boss Patrick Vieira has played down suggestions that he could be heading for Saint-Etienne.

Towards the end of last month, it was reported that Vieira, who is currently in his second season in charge of the Blues, was the favourite to replace Christophe Galtier as head coach of Ligue 1 outfit Saint-Etienne.

However, the former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder has said that he has "a long-term project with New York City", and is not currently interested in leaving the MLS club.

Vieira told the New York Post: "Of course I will stay here. I set out on a long-term project with New York City. The only thing is you can't control reports from journalists. The thing is that it is a really interesting project and I am into it. I love every single day of it. Speculation is part of our world and I get used to it."

New York City FC, who have the likes of David Villa and Andrea Pirlo in their ranks, are currently third in the MLS Eastern Conference, five points behind leaders Toronto.

Manager of Manchester City U21 Patrick Vieira and Manager of Chelsea FC U21 Dermot Drummy look on during the Barclays U21 Premier League match on May 1, 2014
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