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Patrick Vieira denies signing contract with French club Nice

Patrick Vieira responds to "wrong" speculation linking him with the Nice job, insisting that he is "really happy" at New York City FC.

New York City FC boss Patrick Vieira has moved to put an end to speculation suggesting that he has agreed to take charge of Ligue 1 side Nice.

The 41-year-old, who was rumoured to be in the running to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal prior to Unai Emery's appointment, is two years into his managerial career with the Blues.

Vieira recently declared that he is "ready" to manage a team in Europe, and rumours then went into overdrive when he was spotted in his native France last weekend.

Asked about talk of terms being agreed with Nice, however, the Arsenal midfield legend told reporters: "It makes me smile, because of course there's no contract being signed or anything like that. This is the wrong information. I'm here, like always. I'm really happy. I really enjoy my work, I really enjoy being part of this football club.

"I'm just focusing and concentrating about our next game. I don't want players, myself, my staff or anybody in this football club to be distracted by what's going on. My head, my focus and my energy are here. Things that I can control are being here, having my head, my energy to this football club and then everything going out is out of my hands.

"I can't control what's going on in France, what's going on England or what's going on anywhere else. I have a fantastic relationship with the people of this football club. We've always been clear with each other. For me this is the most important. The other things, I let people do what they need to do or say what they need to say."

Vieira's New York are third in the Eastern Conference standings after 12 games of the Major League Soccer season.

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Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Atlanta UnitedAtlanta33216669402969
2New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls33215761332868
3New York City FCNY City331581056441253
4DC United331481160501050
5Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia33155134847150
6Columbus Crew33139114043-348
7Montreal ImpactMontreal33144154752-546
8New England RevolutionNew England33911134855-738
9Toronto3396185563-833
10Chicago Fire3387184861-1331
11Orlando City3384214373-3028

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sporting Kansas CityKansas33178863392459
2Los Angeles FCLos Angeles33169867501757
3Dallas3316985142957
4Seattle SoundersSeattle331751150361456
5Portland TimbersPortland3315995346754
6Real Salt LakeSalt Lake34147135558-349
7Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy33139116461348
8Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver33128135266-1444
9Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd33113194768-2136
10Houston DynamoHouston3398165556-135
11Colorado RapidsColorado3377193462-2828
12San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes3349204869-2121

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