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Vieira has taken up his first managerial role in European football after leaving Major League Soccer side New York City FC.
The 41-year-old had been linked with replacing Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium following his former manager’s departure.
But he has now returned to his homeland to succeed Lucien Favre at Nice, after the 60-year-old left to take over at Borussia Dortmund.
“After two and a half years as head coach of NYCFC, today will be my last day,” Vieira wrote on Twitter.
“I can honestly say that my time with the club has been absolutely perfect – both on the professional and personal level.”
Nice finished eighth in Ligue 1 this season, missing out on Europa League qualification by just one point.
Announcing Vieira’s departure on their official website, New York City were quick to thank the former World Cup and Premier League winner for his endeavours.
“New York City FC today announced that head coach Patrick Vieira is leaving the club to join OGC Nice, effective immediately,” a club statement read.
“Vieira departs after two and a half years at the helm having led the team to two consecutive play-off appearances and with a current second place standing in the Eastern Conference.”
Vieira became a household name in England after joining Arsenal from AC Milan in 1996 as he went on to become the driving force behind three Premier League title successes under Wenger.
He captained the unbeaten ‘Invincibles’ side in 2003/04 before a spell back in Serie A with Juventus and Inter Milan followed.
Vieira would return to England to play for Manchester City, going on to become a club ambassador and then the coach of the development team.
As the City Football Group continued to grow, branching out into Major League Soccer with NYCFC, Vieira would eventually become head coach of he American side in 2016.
Now he faces his first test as a manager in Europe, taking over at Nice as he looks to build a reputation similar to that he enjoyed during his playing career.