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Arsenal legend Pires considers Asian offers

French midfielder and former Arsenal star Robert Pires is currently training with the Gunners, but the 38-year-old has dismissed any intention of a return like Thierry Henry. Asked about the prospect, the 2001/02 English Football Writers' Association's Footballer of the Year told L'Equipe: "No, that is for sure.

"It is absolutely not my intention nor the one of Arsene, who is already 'full' in the midfield."

It has been suggested the World Cup winner and European champion will retire, but he claims to have been a target of Ligue 1 side St Etienne and is now considering offers from China and India.

"I am waiting for propositions from Asia," he said. "Nowadays the new destination is China. I am on the negotiation level.

"I have also first contact in India. That is cool. That would be a nice destination on every level.

"I am waiting to see what could happen with China later in January. As its league will resume soon, it should not last too long. If I have nothing else at that moment, I will stop."

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