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Patrick Vieira has now spoken about and answered claims he is replacing Rafa Benitez – Monday update

3 years ago
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Patrick Vieira was allegedly interviewed back in 2015 by Newcastle United.

After John Carver was sacked, the former Arsenal star said to have talked to NUFC about potentially becoming the new manager.

Instead, after being sacked by Championship Derby County, Steve McClaren was given the job with a title of Head Coach and no say on transfers or anything else of substance.

Once Mike Ashley announced last Monday that Rafa Benitz would not be staying beyond his current contract, Patrick Vieira was quickly made favourite for the job.

Nice are back for pre-season training today and Patrick Vieira has now responded to those Newcastle rumours.

GFFN report Patrick Vieira reaction to rumours of joining Newcastle:

“I am at OGC Nice long-term.

“I have no intention of going elsewhere.

“I have always felt good here and with the people around me.

“I can’t see myself anywhere other than OGC Nice.”

After finishing seventh in Ligue 1 and now with a new owner taking over, quite why anybody would think Patrick Vieira might have been up for joining the zero ambition Mike Ashley circus, is quite beyond me.

Rafa Benitez releases statement via his official personal website – 1 July 2019:

Dear NUFC fans,

Thank you for three fantastic, exciting and, at times, challenging years.

What we have had here – your support, your affection and your passion – has been unbelievable for me.

“St James Park has always been special, the 5-1 win against Tottenham, 15-05-2016, was so emotional that since that day I have always felt as though I belonged at Newcastle and I thank you for making me feel so welcome and at home.

Thank you to everyone at the club who has helped the team and of course to the fine players who grew and fought with us and to the staff (one of the best I have ever shared time with).

From winning the Championship, to our two seasons in the Premier League, fans, staff and players have all been United.

I wanted to stay but I didn’t just want to sign an extended contract, I wanted to be part of a project.

Unfortunately, it became increasingly clear to me that those at the top of the club did not share the same vision.

I’m very sad about that, but I do not regret for one moment my decision to come to Tyneside and I’m very proud about what we achieved together.

I will always have you in my heart.

Best of luck for the future.

C’mon Toons!

Rafa Benitez

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