Pires fired up

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RoBeRT PIReS in­sists he is ready to make his As­ton Villa de­but against Black­burn Rovers on Sun­day if re­quired by Gérard Houl­lier.

Pires is edg­ing closer to com­plet­ing his move to Villa sub­ject to a med­i­cal. The 37year-old has not played since leav­ing Vil­lar­real in the sum­mer but has been train­ing with Arse­nal and is con­fi­dent he could do him­self jus­tice against Rovers.

Pires said: “It’s no prob­lem for me to play on Sun­day. I’ve been train­ing with Arse­nal for two months and I’m happy and in good form. I just have to see As­ton Villa’s med­i­cal staff at the end of the week and, if I’ve signed, I hope to be part of the trip to Black­burn on Sun­day.”

Pires added: “Noth­ing’s done yet, noth­ing’s been signed, but the talks with Gérard Houl­lier are go­ing well. Now let’s say I just have to con­vince the team doc­tor and hope­fully I will sign be­fore the end of the week.

“The med­i­cal is set for to­day, so we’ll see first what hap­pens in the last meet­ing with Gérard Houl­lier and ev­ery­one else from As­ton Villa. Things are go­ing well, though. It (the deal) would be for six months or longer, but there are still some things to sort out, al­though I as­sure ev­ery­one it’s not in terms of fi­nances.” – Guardian News & Me­dia 2010

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