January 27, 2017
Vieira: NYC FC is not targeting Khedira
By Michael Lewis
|Patrick Vieira: “There is nothing I can say because he’s not one of the players that we are targeting. He’s playing in one of the biggest clubs in the world and he doesn’t have any intentions yet to come to MLS.”
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Contrary what you might have heard, Sami Khedira is not coming to New York City FC, says head coach Patrick Vieiera.
Khedira, a German international and Juventus midfielder has been linked with the LA Galaxy, Red Bulls and City.
“There is nothing I can say because he’s not one of the players that we are targeting,” Vieira said during a media conference call Thursday. “He’s playing in one of the biggest clubs in the world and he doesn’t have any intentions yet to come to MLS.”
The Blues have an open spot for a Designated Player after the departure of English midfielder Frank Lampard. Striker and team captain David Villa and midfielder Andrea Pirlo are the two on the roster.
“We’re having a conversation with some clubs, with some players," Vieira said. "Hopefully we can finalize it as soon as possible,” Vieira said. “We have a few targets on the table and we want to be sure that we bring in the right player who can help the team, help the club get to a different level.”
Vieira stated that he he has been impressed with draft choices Jonathan Lewis and Kwame Awuah, who has been training at left back and a central midfielder. Vieira called Lewis a "proper winger."
The City coach also praised 16-year-old James Sands, a member of NYC FC's Under-15/16 Academy team who is training with the team. If he heads enough heads, the Rye, N.Y. resident could become the Blue's first Homegrown Player.
“I have to be honest, I’ve been really impressed with him,” Vieira said. “He’s really calm, really composed, really good on the ball, really smart as a footballer. I think we have a special talent in our football club.”