Houllier plans Pires talks



Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier has responded to Robert Pires request for another season by telling him they will talk once Villa’s situation is clear.

Former Arsenal midfielder Pires arrived at Villa Park in November last year on a short term deal and initially failed to impress.

Pires was man of the match against Blackburn at the weekend however, and hopes to push on and help the young players learn.

Houllier hinted that he would be willing to talk about a new deal once he was happy Villa had secured Premier League survival.

Houllier said, “At any age you can improve. He went a long time without playing but now he is more settled with the whole club and the whole squad. The boys like him.

“Probably the first game against Blackburn [in the FA Cup at the end of January] did him a lot of good in terms of confidence and I thought he was ready to play again.

“There are a lot of players who will be out of contract at the end of the season so we might have to delay talks.

“First of all we have to see what we can do. We are not in a very comfortable position in the league. Once we are in a better position we can assess what we can do.

“Also financially, because that goes with it.”

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