Pirès: Henry has asked me to join him in New York

Thierry Henry’s former Arsenal teammate Robert Pirès seems to be in a New York state of mind these days.

The Aston Villa midfielder, who was linked with a move to the Philadelphia Union last year, is out of contract at the end of this season. According to the former French international, he could join his friend Henry in the Big Apple.

“Thierry has phoned me,” Pirès told the Birmingham Mail. “He called me up and said, ‘Come over and play with me,’ but there are no real offers yet.”

Pires, 37, played alongside Henry for six years with EPL side Arsenal, where they won two EPL trophies. He then moved to Spanish side Villarreal in 2006, before returning to England earlier this year to join Aston Villa on a short-term contract.

They were also teammates on France’s World Cup-winning side in 1998 and the Euro Championship-winning side in 2000.

"I've not yet had talks with Villa about staying here after July,” Pirès said. "I should know soon hopefully. I have an appointment with [manager] Gérard Houllier soon.

“But I will still play football even if it is not at Aston Villa. If it is not at Villa, I will look for somewhere different."