Saunders - No Pires talks

Welshman desperate to keep prized asset Sharp

Dean Saunders: Brought in a host of international stars to Doncaster Rovers - but not Robert Pires

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Doncaster Rovers boss Dean Saunders insists he did not speak to World Cup winner Robert Pires about a shock move to the Keepmoat Stadium.

Former France international Pires claimed on his Twitter account that he had turned down an offer from the ambitious Championship club.

The 38-year-old, who helped Arsenal to two Premier League titles, is still without a club after leaving Aston Villa in the summer.

But Saunders says a deal was never on the cards for Pires to line up alongside Rovers' other recent recruits El-Hadji Diouf and Pascal Chimbonda.

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"One of the lads asked Pires and he said no. That's as far as it went."

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He said: "One of the lads asked him and he said no. That's as far as it went.

"We need to bring in good players who work hard. If you have good players who don't work hard then you don't have a very good side."

Saunders is also desperate to keep prized asset Billy Sharp as he looks to move Doncaster away from the foot of the Championship table.

Sharp, who has bagged 36 goals in 66 starts for Rovers, has been linked with big money January moves to Ipswich and Southampton.

But Saunders said: "I don't want to lose Billy.

"He scores goals and goalscorers are hard to come by. That's why people are chasing him.

"But at the moment I'm hoping he stays."