Patrick Vieira's Manchester City career may not be over.
The Sun says the French midfielder was axed last week and named on the Premier League's free transfer list.
World Cup winner Vieira, 35 on Thursday, is attracting interest from the US and Middle East but is in talks with City about a possible role at the club.
And there are also rumours about him returning to Arsenal as a coach.
Vieira's experience is seen as vital by City's top brass ahead of their Champions League campaign.