Patrick Vieira admits it is an “ego” boost to be linked with replacing Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager.
Arsenal announced on Friday morning that the 22-year tenure of Wenger in north London will end this summer.
A number of managers have been rumoured to replace the Frenchman, from Carlo Ancelotti to Brendan Rodgers.
A slew of former players with scant managerial experience are also on an apparent shortlist, including Thierry Henry and Mikel Arteta.
But New York City FC manager Vieira admits that while he is “flattered” to be targeted, the opportunity may have come too soon.
“I spent nine years at Arsenal, which makes the club really special for me,” he told WNYE.
“But that is not enough to coach the team.
“I am always flattered to hear my name linked with different football clubs. That is good for your ego but at the same time, I am happy here.
“We will see what will happen in the next couple of years.”