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Aston Villa's Robert Pires insists he wants to continue playing at the end of the season.

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The 37-year-old joined Villa midway through the campaign following Gerard Houllier's appointment.

But he has no plans to retire in the summer with offers coming in from Qatar, USA and Australia.

"I'm coming to the end of my career and am determined to enjoy myself while I can," he told Fifa's website.

"A lot of former players have told me they regret giving up at 32 or 33 when they could have carried on, so I have chosen to keep going for as long as I can.


"I'm prepared for it all to come to an end in May, but if another coach and club come in for me, I will take on another challenge.

"I'm prepared to retire in May if that's what it comes to, but I am also ready to go wherever an interesting proposition comes from, be it Qatar or the US. I've even had an offer from Australia.

"I'm still playing in the Premier League so I get noticed. People haven't forgotten about me. Anyway, one thing at a time. I'll look at that at the end of the season.

"I never choose a club because of the city it is in. I will look at the sporting challenge as I always have.

"When people quoted me as saying Philadelphia is ugly after I chose not to sign there, they were talking rubbish. I never said that. I've never been there so I would never say such a thing."

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