Ex-man city and arsenal star Patrick Vieira puts £2.2m cheshire mansion up for sale – as rumours build he could be replacing Arsene Wenger!

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Ex-Manchester City and Arsenal star Patrick Vieira has put his £2.2million Cheshire mansion up for sale – as rumours circulate that he could be one of the favourites to replace his old boss Arsène Wenger.

World Cup winner Vieira, currently head coach at New York City, bought the luxury seven-bedroom house with wife Cheryl when he moved to the Etihad in 2010.

The former France midfielder, who previously managed City’s development squad, is 10/1 with some bookmakers to replace the under-fire Wenger if his old gaffer leaves the Gunners at the end of the season.

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Vieira, 40, spent five years in Manchester – including a season-and-a-half as a player, when he lifted the FA Cup – but moved to New York in November 2015.

The family home on the outskirts of leafy Wilmslow – on the market for a cool £2,295,000 – boasts ‘an exceptional bespoke interior nestled in mature gardens’, according to the estate agent blurb.

Other luxuries across the 6,500 sq ft site include landscaped gardens, a wine cellar, pantry, boot room, sauna and playroom, as well as a double garage.

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In addition to the master bedroom and en suite bathroom, there is another dressing room-come-bedroom, and five further double bedrooms, three of which are en suite.

Vieira, who won 11 major honours in nine years at Arsenal, this week defended the manager who signed him in 1995, saying Wenger was not to blame for the north London club’s recent poor form.