Pires reveals Italian suitors
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Robert Pires has revealed that he has been approached by both Roma and Fiorentina.
Arsenal winger Robert Pires has revealed that he has been approached by Serie A sides Roma and Fiorentina with his future at Highbury remaining in the balance.
The Frenchman, who appeared as a substitute as Arsenal won a place in the UEFA Champions League final with a 0-0 draw against Villarreal on Tuesday night, is out of contract at the end of the season and the London side are sticking firmly to their policy of only offering one-year deals to the over-30's.
Pires is hoping for a longer contract and has already confirmed that he has held talks with Villarreal about a Bosman move in the summer.
Now the former Marseille star, who has struggled with his form this season, has also confirmed that he has had contact with the two Italian sides.
"Roma and Fiorentina contacted me," Pires told Sky Italia.
"But for the moment I think only of winning the Champions League with Arsenal."
Both Roma and Fiorentina are currently battling it out for UEFA Champions League qualification, and the addition of Pires would bring extensive continental experience to either side.Meanwhile French striker Jeremie Aliadiere has told Wenger he wants to stay at Highbury after being farmed out on loan three times this season.
The 23-year-old has been sent to West Ham, Celtic and Wolverhampton Wanderers but is keen to return to Highbury to concentrate on his career with The Gunners.
"I've got three years left on my contract and I hope my future is there," said Aliadiere. "But I want to play."
However, since Aliadiere begun his succession of loan spells, Arsenal have signed both Emmanuel Adebayor and Theo Walcott, and as a result the Frenchman's future looks far from certain.