Pires - No players' jealousy
Robert Pires insists his Aston Villa team-mates are not jealous of the special treatment he receives.
Last Updated: 13/01/11 9:15am
Aston Villa veteran Robert Pires insists his team-mates are not jealous of the special treatment he receives playing for the club.
The former Arsenal midfielder lives in London and Villa pay for travel to and from the club everyday to accommodate his arrival at Villa Park.
He is chauffeured to and from Villa's training ground in the luxury Mercedes that is fitted with all the latest mod-cons to ensure the most pleasurable trip possible.
The 37-year-old Frenchman has not been able to affect Villa's results following his arrival and it had been thought that his team-mates resented his special treatment.
However, Pires insists Villa's stars are not jealous of his situation and that they are fully aware of the benefits he earns for playing for the Premier League club.
"It is special treatment, but the players know about it," said Pires in the Daily Star. "What's good is that there's no jealousy with English people, a guy can do what he wants.
"There are 100 miles between London and Birmingham, to be precise. The idea came directly from Gerard Houllier to put a car at my disposal.
"Every morning I leave at 7.45 and travel for about one and three quarter or two hours.
"I do what I have to do at training, I eat lunch with the team and I go back. That's pretty much what I do every day.
"Seeing as I'd already moved from Spain to England, I didn't want to move again. Gerard understood that really well which is why he offered me this solution.
"The return journey is good. I love it because I can have a nap and when I get home I feel fresh. It's a great car, I can't complain, there are DVDs, an I-pad, a telephone."