Pires could make MLS move

Henry suggests switch to America to former Arsenal team-mate

Pires: Will be out of contract this summer

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Thierry Henry has urged former Arsenal team-mate Robert Pires to join him in the MLS next season, according to the Aston Villa midfielder.

The 37-year-old Frenchman signed a short-term contract with Villa in October and will be a free agent in the summer.

Pires will now speak to Villa to find out if he has a future at the Midlands club, but he has also had contact from New York Red Bulls player Henry.

"Thierry has phoned me. He called me up and said, 'come over and play with me' but there are no real offers yet," Pires told the Birmingham Mail.

"For the moment, there is nothing else because the Premier League is not yet finished for the season.

"I should know soon hopefully. I have an appointment with Gerard Houllier soon."

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"I will wait until it is finished. I am relaxed about it. I still feel fit enough to play."

Pires added: "I've not yet had talks with Villa about staying here after July (when his contract runs out).

"I should know soon hopefully. I have an appointment with Gerard Houllier soon. I hope so and I also hope that Gerard can stay (after his heart problem).

"But I will still play football even if it is not at Aston Villa. If it is not at Villa, I will look for somewhere different."

Pires has had a limited impact in his eight months at Villa, making only four starts.