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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

New York City FC boss Patrick Vieira laughs off links to vacant Nice job

NYCFC's Patrick Vieira denies reports he's close to becoming manager of Nice, but Julien Laurens says Nice officials are singing a different tune.
On a day dubbed David Villa Day in New York City, the newest member of the 400-goals club scored two more to lead NYCFC past Colorado.
ESPN's Toni Collins is at New York City FC's new practice facility to run through the day-to-day training regimen of Patrick Vieira's NYCFC squad.

New York City FC manager Patrick Vieira said recent reports out of France linking him to the top job at Nice aren't true and make him "smile."

Vieira, 41, took over the head coaching role at NYCFC at the beginning of 2016 following the departure of Jason Kreis, who managed the team in its inaugural season.

The former Arsenal and France midfielder had been linked to a position with Nantes in recent days, and on Tuesday a story in L'Equipe suggested a recent trip to Europe was to sign a contract to manage Nice, whose former coach Lucien Favre just took over at Borussia Dortmund.

However, following NYCFC training on Thursday, Vieira told MLSSoccer.com: "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."

Vieira confirmed to MLSSoccer.com that he was in France over the weekend, but that he'd been there for family business. He then went on to say that he felt the club, who is in second place in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference, are in a "really good period" and the he is not thinking about a move.

"We're doing really well," Vieira said. "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.

"That situation is the same for me. 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.

"The players are going to go to social media and they're going to [see] things, but when they come into training they will see my commitment, my energy and my desire to prepare the game and this is the only things I can do.

"There's no point for me to talk to them because there is nothing to say."

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