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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 March 2006, 09:49 GMT
Pires sets terms on Arsenal deal
Gunners star Robert Pires
Pires has been stalling on signing a new deal with Arsenal
Midfielder Robert Pires says the amount of time he is likely to play for the first team will determine whether he signs a new contract with Arsenal.

Pires, 32, who is out of contract in the summer and has been linked to Rangers, wanted a longer deal than the 12-month one being offered by Arsenal.

But he told The Sun: "The important thing in the negotiations will be the amount of time I am allowed to play.

"I have always been happy at Arsenal and would like to stay."

Pires had previously made it clear that he would like to help the young players at the club.

"We have a new generation with huge potential. If I can act as a guide it will be with pleasure," added Pires.

The Frenchman is now free to talk to other clubs but his agent has denied that talks have already taken place with Rangers over a Bosman move to Ibrox.

Stephane Courbis told BBC Sport: "It's not true. We are only talking with Arsenal for the moment.

"Robert has a proposition from Arsenal in his hands and he is thinking about it. For the moment he does not know."

The Frenchman joined the club in 2000 and was voted Football Writers' Player of the Year in 2002.

He has made over 250 appearances for the club since his 6m arrival from Marseille.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has insisted he wants Pires to stay at the club - but is only willing to offer a 12-month contract extension.

"He is at an age where he would like three years. If I was in his place, I would as well," said Wenger.

"He will get one year. We will stick to our policy for older players."

Wenger said Pires still had an important role to play in his team.

"I have always said I want Robert to stay for at least another year and I hope he will make that decision sooner rather than later. He is always an important player for us," he added.





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