Pires “wants to stay at Arsenal – but would be tempted by Madrid offer”

Arsenal’s FA cup winner Robert Pires has revealed that he could be tempted by a move to Real Madrid this summer.

The French star scored the only goal in Saturday’s final in Cardiff against Southampton and he is now waiting on the club offering him an improved deal to keep him at Highbury.

He said: “I hope I will sign a contract soon because Arsenal are showing interest in negotiating, which means they trust me. I am waiting and I have explained what I want and now it’s up to them to decide what they want to do. I’m in no hurry and I trust them.”

However, the 29-year-old turned down a new contract offer two weeks ago and has criticised the club in the aftermath of losing out to Manchester United in the race for The Premiership title. And he admitted the lure of the Bernabau could tempt him to Spain.

He added: “It would be difficult to turn down Real Madrid. As far as I’m concerned, I’ve had no approach from either the president or the coach. But if the Real dossier was put in front of me. I’d have to think about it.”

Pires also revealed that Valencia have already contacted him about a possible move.

“Valencia have been in touch and are interested in my services. It’s a pleasure to know that a club like them has been following me this year.”

Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has just signed a new three-year contract with Arsenal which will keep him at Highbury until 2007.

But Patrick Vieira continues to make contradictory statements about his future, prompting interest from Real and Manchester United.

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