Pires pens new deal

Duo stay until 2010

Pires: Staying put

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Robert Pires and Javi Venta have signed new deals at Villarreal.

The duo have inked new one-year contracts to keep them at Villarreal until 2010.

Pires joined Villarreal in the summer of 2006 from Arsenal and, despite suffering a serious knee injury in his first season, he has established himself as a key player in the side.

Venta has been at Villarreal since 1999 and, after a few loan spells away from the club, he is the established right-back in Manuel Pellegrini's side.

The news is a massive boost for Villarreal ahead of next week's UEFA Champions League quarter-final with Arsenal.