Arsenal legend Robert Pires insists he will one day get back into football on a full-time basis and become a manager.
Pires had an illustrious playing career. The midfielder won a World Cup and European Championship with France, as well as two Premier League titles and three FA Cups with Arsenal.
The tail end of his career saw play for Villarreal, Aston Villa, and even in the India Super League.
In 2015 he called time on his laying days, and almost faded away into obscurity. He has been seen at Arsenal from time to time helping out as a consultant.
Football has become more of a part-time thing for Pires of late. However, in an interview reported by Goal, he admits he will return one day in a full-time capacity.
“There are some who have made the decision to be a coach or sports director or to be a consultant.”
“I took this route and it allows me to still be in football.”
“But, I think coaching is a good job, even if it’s hard on a daily basis.”
“I think that in the years to come, I will decide to take the coaching diplomas. I plan to do it in Spain.”
“I can’t say which team I’m going to coach. Honestly, I can’t choose. You can’t know where you’re going when you’re a coach.”
“I could tell you that I’m going to train Arsenal, Metz, Reims, Marseille, or Villarreal, but no I can’t. Today is complicated.”
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