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Robert Pires considering Villarreal exit

Villarreal midfielder Robert Pires has revealed he is considering leaving the club in the summer, with a return to England or France a possibility.

The former Arsenal winger, who starred in the Gunners' unbeaten 2003-04 title-winning side, told that his future could lie away from El Madrigal.

"I don't see the president letting me leave now," Pires said. "I think it and I've told him that. My contracts ends in June so I can start talks now and sign with the club I want.

"If I have an offer in France, England or Italy, I'm ready to listen. I personally think I will finish the season here but I don't refuse to speak to other clubs."

The France international, who has 14 goals in 79 games for Les Bleus, moved to Spain in 2006 and helped the Yellow Submarines to the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season, before they were knocked out by former side Arsenal.

But at 36, Pires may struggle to find a long-term contract, and admitted that he has not received any offers as yet.

"No-one has showed interest so far. It's a bit normal with all that I said, people might think, 'I'm okay here here and I want to stay'.

"I need a chat with the president and the sports director, probably before the end of the month. Then I will decide what I'll do and we will make a decision together.

"It's only up to Villarreal. If the club wants to let me go because it receives offers I will leave because it would have meant the president didn't want to trust me and to offer me a one-year extension. But if the club wants me to stay, given I can help them to reach a European cup, I will play my best."

Ligue 1 side Lyon have been strongly linked with a move for Pires, and the France international admitted that he is flattered that the club appear interested.

"It's sure you can't ignore this because it's Lyon," he said. "It proves what I do in Villarreal doesn't go unnoticed. This is the reason why I keep hope. Whether it's here in Villarreal or elsewhere."


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