Manchester City Reserve manager Patrick Vieira has admitted he is hurt to have been snubbed by his former club Arsenal in terms of becoming a coach.
The ex-France international midfielder, who spent the bulk of his playing career with the Gunners and captained the side between 2002 and 2005, says he would have listened to offers from the north Londoners if they had come.
However, Vieira says Arsene Wenger never got in touch with him when he ended his playing career, meaning it made sense for him to continue at City, whom he spent the final couple of seasons of his playing days with.
According to The Sun, Vieira may now be in line to become manager at the Etihad Stadium in the near future, with current boss Manuel Pellegrini’s future in doubt after a difficult campaign, though the 38-year-old has offered his backing to the Chilean whilst admitting he’d be tempted if other job offers came in.
“Both the club and Arsene have behaved disappointingly towards me,” Vieira explained. “Everywhere I go people ask me why Arsene didn’t give me the chance to work with him.
“It was out of the question to offer my services. Why would I have done it?
“When I stopped playing I had an offer from City, and I did not get any phone calls from Arsene.
“We have a manager (at City), so I don’t think about succeeding him.
“My contract will be up in June and I will soon talk with my bosses. I feel good here, so I don’t see why I shouldn’t continue developing.
“I have set out with the aim of becoming a great manager. It’s a job I really want to do. If an interesting job comes up tomorrow I will take a careful look at it.”