New York City coach Patrick Vieira says he is "ready" to make the jump to European football and is honoured to be linked with a return to Arsenal as Arsene Wenger's successor.
Wenger announced his 22-year association with Arsenal will come to an end when the season concludes, giving rise to lots of speculation as to who his replacement could be.
Vieira is among the favourites having spent nine years with the club as a player, while he has been learning his trade as a coach in Major League Soccer.
The former France international has been in New York for two years and now says he feels prepared to make the return to Europe.
Though he does not specifically want to leave City, even if it an "honour" to be mentioned as a potential Arsenal manager.
"I mentally know what's going on, what people are saying," Vieira, 41, told the Times.
"And I'm really happy about that because I think it's good to have your name linked with a team like Arsenal, but honestly it's not something which will stop me doing what I am doing at the moment.
"Of course 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.
"I don't want this to be perceived that I want to go, because I don't want to leave. But if the question is as simple as 'are you ready to manage any teams in Europe?' then I would say yes, I am ready.
"I think we're all doing this job because one day we want to coach the biggest teams in Europe, just like when you're a player, you want to play for the biggest clubs."
Vieira does not think Wenger will be descending into the obscurity of retirement, however, adamant he still has the drive to be a success elsewhere despite being 68 years old.
"I'm disappointed for Arsene because, knowing him personally, I know how much he gives to that football club, how much he committed," added the Frenchman.
"I think it is hard with the way he's been treated. I do understand that fans can get frustrated, but they forget about yesterday. Fans live in the moment but that's the world we are living in.
"I don't see him retiring at all. I think he's still got the energy, love and passion to stay in the game. It was time maybe at Arsenal, but I'm sure that he can rebuild something, somewhere."
23 de mayo 2018
|It´s a silly question - Carrick insists Pogba has Man Utd future|
|Yates protects Giro lead as Viviani takes fourth stage win|
|Ozil one of Arsenal´s biggest talents - Emery|
|Fastest ODI hundred, 278 not out - De Villiers´ best knocks|
|Deschamps: Rabiot has made a huge mistake|
|Arsenal players can challenge for titles, Emery insists|
|Salah can seal Ballon d´Or with Champions League win - Riise|
|I want Real Madrid to lose Champions League final - Alba|
|Leverkusen sign goalkeeper Hradecky|
|Arsenal job a ´dream come true´ for Emery|
|De Villiers hailed as a ´colossus´ after quitting Proteas|
|Benitez expects Lascelles to stay amid reported Liverpool interest|
|Saha tells Martial: Stay and work for Manchester United future|
|Atletico Madrid defender Savic undergoes hip surgery|
|Bess to make Lord´s debut against Pakistan|
|Vissel Kobe announce news conference amid Iniesta speculation|
|Yan Dhanda leaves Liverpool for Swansea|
|Injured Chung out of French Open|
|I wish he´ll come to PSG - Motta wants Buffon reunion|
|Guardiola praises new Arsenal boss Emery|
|Defensive woes, travel sickness and Ozil´s role - Emery´s Arsenal to-do list|
|WATCH: Anthony Joshua serves up Stephen Curry assist|
|De Villiers announces international retirement|
|Salah not comparable to Ronaldo yet - Karius|
|Toure open to Manchester United switch & wants to play with Pogba|
|Rockets backed up fighting talk, says Harden|
|Europa League master, record return at PSG - Arsenal boss Emery in Opta numbers|
|Curry not taking the blame for defeated Warriors|
|Arsenal confirm Emery appointment|
|Bellamy confirms talks with Brisbane Broncos|
|Ref took Champions League final away from Roma - Under|
|Goals galore and sinking City - Liverpool´s road to the Champions League final|
|Benitez: Winning Champions League changed my life|
|Brewers extend Diamondbacks´ losing streak to six|
|Weidenfeller bids farewell in Schmelzer´s last game as Dortmund captain|
|Owen surprised by Zidane success|
|Rockets break Warriors´ 16-game home postseason win streak|
|Bennett keen to see out contract as Broncos target Bellamy|
|Copa Libertadores Review: Silva helps Cruzeiro into last 16|
|Chargers tight end Henry suffers torn ACL|
|WATCH: Harden dunks all over Green|
|Madrid are linked to 50 players – Ronaldo laughs off Neymar rumours|
|Giants sign wide receiver Shepard|
|Salah wouldn´t improve Real Madrid – Del Bosque|
|Stevens says Tatum should´ve been unanimous All-Rookie First Team selection|
|Rodgers on Bryant: If he ends up here, we´ll welcome him|
|Jets´ Hackenberg dealt to Raiders for 2019 conditional pick|
|Mets sign Bautista, start him same day|
|Warriors´ Iguodala ruled out for game four|
|Guzman called up as Romero replacement for Argentina|
|Gaya signs new five-year Valencia contract|
|Celta appoint Antonio Mohamed as new coach|
|Klopp: Real Madrid have no weaknesses|
|Strauss ´stepping away´ from England role to support wife|
|Argentina rule Romero out of World Cup|
|Emery´s website appears to confirm Arsenal appointment|
22 de mayo 2018
|´Inspiring´ Guardiola has made Fleetwood a better golfer|
|Two trophies in a week! Torres leaves Atletico Madrid in style|
|I died a thousand deaths - Yates set for Giro defensive after time trial|
|Hamsik hints at Napoli exit amid China rumours|
|Rowett swaps Derby for Stoke|
|Thiem comfortable in victory as rain delays Wawrinka|
|Schmelzer gives up Borussia Dortmund captaincy|
|Top seed Stephens struggling at Nuremberg Cup|
|This is the wrong information - Vieira rejects Nice speculation|
|France rest Guirado, recall Thomas for New Zealand tour|
|Warriors´ Iguodala upgraded to questionable for game four|
|Simmons, Mitchell unanimous picks for NBA All-Rookie first team|
|AC Milan referred over alleged FFP breaches|
|F1 Raceweek: Ferrari and Red Bull target Monaco upturn|