‘You can't buy a football club if it is not for sale’ – Patrick Vieira

Fri 15 October 2021 | 23:33

Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has withdrawn his support for Swedish businessman Daniel Ek's bid to buy his old club.

Following the club's involvement in the failed European Super League project,


and former



Dennis Bergkamp


Thierry Henry

supported Spotify founder Daniel Ek's purchase attempt in April.


Stan Kroenke

, who owns the club through his Kroenke Sports and Entertainment business, rejected the offer.

Patrick Vieira

was later appointed as

Crystal Palace

manager in July and will make an emotional return to north London on Monday.

"I was just expressing myself as Patrick, ex-Arsenal football player,"


said when asked about his support for Ek's takeover plans


"That comment was based on how the direction (of the club) was going.

"I was talking to somebody who had a different view and a different way of taking (forward) Arsenal Football Club.

"This was the reason why with Dennis and Thierry were involved in the kind of situation that Arsenal was in.

"I am in a different position than a couple of months ago. So I'm not going to express myself in the same way than when I was just an ex-Arsenal football player."


confirmed in September that there was no dialogue between to parties but was adamant that an agreement can be reached regardless of the Kroenkes' stance that the club is not for sale.

However, Vieira said:

"​When you were looking at the situation at the time it was clear that the Kroenke family was making the statement that the club is not for sale.

"Then I think everything was over. You can't buy a football club if it is not for sale."

source: SportMob

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