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Pires rejects Doncaster approach

Former Arsenal and Villarreal star Robert Pires has revealed that he has turned down a move to English Championship side Doncaster Rovers.

Pires, 38, has been without a club since being released by Aston Villa at the end of last season, but appears to have attracted the attention of Doncaster boss Dean Saunders.

The South Yorkshire outfit have agent Willie McKay in charge of transfers and he has already helped to introduce a number of ex-Premier League players to their ranks, including El-Hadji Diouf, Pascal Chimbonda and Herita Ilunga.

But Pires has claimed that he rejected the opportunity to add his name to the list of recognisable players now plying their trade at Keepmoat Stadium.

Pires Tweeted: "Doncaster people called me! I am happy they think I can help them but it's not in my plan to play there."

The Former France international has previously been heavily linked with a switch to the MLS and he turned out for the New York Cosmos in Paul Scholes' testimonial in August.

But it's understood that Pires' most likely destination is either Russia or Qatar, with offers from both countries believed to be on the table.

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