French player turns down Union, insults Philadelphia

May 20, 2010 8:38:50 AM PDT
Former Arsenal and France midfielder Robert Pires says he has turned down an offer from the Philadelphia Union of the MLS.

The 36-year-old Pires said on the website of French newspaper L'Equipe that he would like to play in the United States but did not think Philadelphia was the right city for him and his family.

Pires, whose contract with Villarreal was not renewed after starting only 13 games for the Spanish club this season, said he "doesn't want to be fussy but if I have to go far away with my family, I prefer to do it in a beautiful town."

Pires won the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European championship with France, as well as two English league titles with Arsenal.