New York Soccer: 1998 World Cup

Henry asks Aston Villa's Robert Pirès to consider Red Bulls, MLS

May, 18, 2011
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Thierry Henry's role with the Red Bulls may now include the Lions' share of scouting and recruitment.

The Birmingham Mail reported on Wednesday that Aston Villa midfielder Robert Pirès spoke about his future to the Red Bulls forward. Pirès, who played alongside Henry with the French National Team and Arsenal of the English Premier League, admitted that Henry encouraged his former teammate to consider joining the Red Bulls.

“Thierry has phoned me,” Pirès said to the Birmingham Mail. “He called me up and said ‘come over and play with me’ but there are no real offers yet."

The 37-year-old French midfielder is in the final season of his contract with Aston Villa. He has started two games and played in seven others as a substitute, with no goals or assists to show for his efforts.

Henry and Pirès experienced a great deal of success together on the pitch. The duo supported the French National Team during championship runs by Les Bleus at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000. They also figured prominently at the club level with Arsenal, leading the Gunners to Premier League titles in the 2000-01 and 2002-03 seasons as well as FA Cup wins in 2002 and 2003.

Pirès has indicated his preference to speak with Aston Villa about a new contract after the EPL season concludes and before considering other suitors.

“For the moment there is nothing else," said Pirès, "Because the league is not finished. I will wait until it is finished. I am relaxed about it. I still feel fit enough to play.”

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