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Last Updated: Saturday, 12 November 2005, 10:18 GMT
Torres gives Arsenal strong hint
Fernando Torres
If Arsenal and a coach like Arsene Wenger want to speak to you it's really flattering
Fernando Torres
Spain striker Fernando Torres says he is attracted by the idea of playing for Arsenal because of their regular appearances in the Champions League.

"If Arsenal and a coach like Arsene Wenger want to speak to you it's really flattering," the 21-year-old Atletico Madrid striker told The Sun.

"They're in the Champions League every season. I want to play against the best and challenge for the biggest titles.

"At Atletico, things are going little by little."

Meanwhile, Gunners midfielder Robert Pires has said how manager Wenger prevented him joining Patrick Vieira at Juventus last summer.

"This summer there were really close contacts with Juventus," Pires told Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport.

"But I had another year's deal and Wenger wouldn't let me leave.

"It wasn't my decision, but I'm happy it happened because many people told me I'd have problems in playing, instead I am playing."

Pires is planning to discuss his future at Arsenal in January but has ruled out joining another Premiership club.

"In January I'll meet Wenger and the club, and we will talk and we will decide," he added.

"Should I have to leave, I wouldn't stay in England. I'd like Italy or Spain. But for now I will concentrate on Arsenal, then we will see."


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