Pires regrets Villa 'failure'
Robert Pires does not want to end his playing career on the 'failure' of his time at Aston Villa.
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 25/05/11 11:33am
Robert Pires does not want to end his playing career on the 'failure' of his time at Aston Villa, but he will retire if he does not have any attractive offers.
The Frenchman joined Villa as a free agent on a short-term contract in November, but made just 12 appearances for the Premier League club.
Former Arsenal star Pires is therefore considering his options and has previously claimed that compatriot Thierry Henry has tried to convince him to move to New York Red Bulls, although the latter has denied the story.
But the 2002 English Football Writers' Association Player of the Year, who began his career at Metz in 1992, is planning for another season and is eager to finish on a high before he hangs up his boots.
He told L'Equipe: "My experience at Aston Villa has been a failure. I would not like to end that way and so will play a 20th season.
"But if at the end of the summer I have no offer I will stop."