Arsenal hero Patrick Vieira could make a departure from the Premier League for the second time in his career, as Bayern Munich are plotting to land him as part of their coaching staff this summer.
According to the Daily Mirror, citing German publication Bild, the former Gunner, who is of course working with Manchester City currently, is wanted by the powers that be at the Allianz Arena, who see him as the ideal man to take charge of what is essentially the club’s U23-side, Bayern Munich II.
Vieira at City
Since hanging up his boots the Frenchman has garnered quite the reputation for his work with City, with certain rumours even inferring that he could replace Manuel Pellegrini one day, assuming the Chilean keeps his managerial role past the summer. Currently in charge of the Citizen’s ‘Elite Development Squad’ Vieira has proven that he can get the best out of young players, and as a result Bayern are keen to step in.
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Naturally City want to keep him past the end of this season, when his contract coincidentally expires, but if he is serious about pursuing a career in coaching there’s few people better to be working under at this stage in his development than Pep Guardiola.
Move to Bayern on?
The Spaniard has seen and virtually done it all in football thanks to his successes with both Barcelona and more recently in Bavaria, and Vieira spent time with him in February during a trip to the region.
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No Arsenal fairytale?
Whilst that’s all well and good Arsenal fans might well question why Arsene Wenger isn’t trying to get in on the act given his special relationship with the World Cup winner. Vieira spent nine fruitful years with the Gunners before leaving for Juventus in 2005, and given Wenger’s tendency to stay well connected to former players - the likes of Robert Pires and Thierry Henry have often trained with Arsenal in the past few years - some might have expected Vieira to return to north London once his craft had been learned.
Another thing to consider is the fact that Wenger himself may be retiring before too long, leaving a hot-seat to fill at the Emirates Stadium that is perfectly suited to a fan favourite. The Frenchman has said in the past that he would have no hand in picking his successor but there must be a part of him that would like to see one of his ‘Invincibles’ continue his work.
Arsenal fans, would you like to see Vieira return to the club? Would you be disappointed to see him go overseas? Let us know in the comments box below...