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Pires targets extended stay after revealing he is loving life at Villa
Frenchman Robert Pires on his recent starring role.
1st Mar 2011
Pires targets extended stay after revealing he is loving life at Villa


By Dan Harrison

Robert Pires is loving life at Villa - and the flamboyant Frenchman admits he would love to extend his illustrious career beyond this season.

The former Arsenal star has been used sparingly since signing a short term deal with the claret and blues earlier this term.

But he has rolled back the years with exceptional performances in his last two starts - both against Blackburn Rovers.

And the 37-year-old revealed he is thoroughly enjoying his time at Villa Park.

Asked if he would like to prolong his Villa career, Pires said: "Yes, of course. I really love this club, I love the players because it is a very good team.

"For me, every morning I need to practice my football. I hope to play games and I hope to play next season. Why not?"

Pires is also playing an important role as mentor to the club's younger stars.

The man from Reims is only too happy to pass on his experience to the likes of Marc Albrighton and Ciaran Clark.

And he hopes there is plenty he can offer Villa both on and off the pitch.

"The most important thing for me is to help this team because I have experience," he said.

"I know I'm not going to play every game. I'm old! But when I play, I try to play very well.

"For me, I need to help this team and the younger players, because I am old and I have experience.

"For me it is important, and also for the manager as well."

After dazzling in a central midfield role in Saturday's 4-1 win over Blackburn, Pires hopes the victory will spark a run of top-flight wins as well as progress in the FA Cup.

Villa travel to Manchester City in tomorrow night's fifth round tie.

It is a competition Pires won three times during his Arsenal career.

"I'm very happy because we won and now we have a big game against Man City in the FA Cup," added the former World Cup winner.

"We have two months for climbing the table. You need to work more, win game after game.

"Next is the FA Cup and the objective is to try win the FA Cup."

See Pires look to produce another 'invincible' display when Villa host Wolves in derby action - click here.


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