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With little tact, Pires turns down the Union

Posted on 20 May 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Former Villarreal midfielder and French international Robert Pires has apparently turned down the 2-year contract offer that the Philadelphia Union have offered him. And instead of doing so tactfully, he preferred to tell us exactly why.

“Ça ne me plaisait pas trop. Je ne veux pas faire le difficile, mais quitte à emmener ma famille loin, je préfère que ce soit dans une belle ville” – FootMercato.net

Rough translation?

It does not please me to. I don’t want to be difficult, but if I am to take my family away, I’d rather do it in a beautiful city.

Ouch. His plan is to look in Europe for a club but Major League Soccer, he says, is still an option. Just not with Philadelphia.

At 36, it’s hard to think Pires had more than a season or two in him but frankly – if he doesn’t like the city, who really wants him here anyway? You don’t want a Julio Baptista-like tirade after he spent less than one season in England – see below (a translation of course).

“The teams from the north of England are terrible,” said Baptista in The Times.

“When we play them I have counted their centre-backs booting up to 30 long balls upfield per game.

“The weather over here is killing me. We’ll get one day of sunshine for every 30 days of rain, and it is driving me to despair.

“My girlfriend and my mother are frightened about not seeing the sun in England. They miss being in Madrid.

“Premiership football is very hard. I am Brazilian and I enjoy playing the ball, making clever touches and taking bicycle kicks. Arsene Wenger does not forbid me from doing them, but the game is so fast I don’t even have time to think about them.

“The moment you stop to think, someone has taken the ball off you and knocked you to the ground. Over here they value a corner kick more than a fancy flick.

“I am lucky to be with Arsenal, as they are a team that likes to play proper football.”

Union fans, how do you feel about the Robert Pires snub? What other DP targets would you like to see?

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Rumor: The Union in talks with Robert Pires?

Posted on 21 April 2010 by Breton Bonnette

It looks like the last remnants of the 1998 French squad that won the World Cup could be on their way across the Atlantic this summer. Thierry Henry has been touted as the Red Bulls newest Designated Player signing, Manchester City’s Patrick Vieira has at one time or another expressed interest, and now the Union join the French foray with a report on MLSSoccer.com that the 36-year old Robert Pires is in talks with Piotr Nowak and the Philadelphia Union front office.

The international transfer window is in fact closed until the summer so nothing will be done until then. Regardless, there have been remarkably different reactions to the possible signing of Pires. Rumors had circulated a while back and recently it had been said that he was in talks with only one Major League Soccer club. Now, with Nowak admitting contact, what do Union fans think?

There’s no denying he’s skilled, he can still contribute (hell, he has 4 goals in 11 games for Villarreal in La Liga right now), and the experience that he’d bring would be top-caliber but would he really fit the mold of the team?  This is not the same player that scored over 60 goals for an unbelievable Arsenal side. This is not the same player that made Arsenal fans forget all about the likes of Marc Overmars. Does he have the work rate and vision to be the next Guillermo Barros Schelloto in this league? Something tells me no…but who knows.

We want to hear what you think. Would you welcome Pires in the midfield? Do you think he would mesh well with Roger Torres and the rest of the Union midfield? At 36, is he worth the DP money?

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