Pires eyes move to vanquished Villarreal

April 26, 2006

Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires has confirmed he is weighing up a move to Villarreal.

Pires, who played a part in the Gunners' semi-final victory over the Spanish club in the Champions League, admitted talks have taken place between his agent and Villarreal.

The 32-year-old's contract at Arsenal expires in the summer and he has previously claimed he has been offered a two-year deal by the Spaniards.

The north London club have only offered him a one-year deal.

'It's true that there have been contacts between Villarreal and my agent,' the Frenchman told PA Sport.

'I haven't made a decision yet. I have played many years at Arsenal and it's a difficult decision to make. I will have to decide soon.'

Pires came off the bench in last night's semi-final second leg to help Arsenal protect their one-goal cushion from the first tie.

The Gunners held on to secure a goalless draw and progress through to the final with a 1-0 aggregate victory.

He added: 'Last night, I discovered Villarreal and its atmosphere.'