Robert Pires has admitted he wants to become sporting director at Arsenal and is keen for a return to his former club.
The 43-year-old enjoyed a superb career with the Gunners winning the Premier League twice and three FA Cup in a trophy-laden spell in north London.
The World Cup winner, who retired from football earlier this year, was asked about his future ambitions by the Hindsutan Times and, in particular, working as a sporting director at Arsenal.
“Yes, it is my objective,’ Pires told the Hindustan Times. “I don’t know what will happen in the future, but I need to talk about it with the owners and Arsene Wenger.
“I’d love this job, I love to talk with the players. If I’m given this job one day, I can stay in contact with football, especially with Arsenal. I have a good relation with the manager, that’s important.
“I can work with the players, I can give advice to the young players, so we can find a good relationship between me and the players.”
Pires also admitted he had no interest in a managerial career, unlike some of his former team-mates who he feels are cut out for a career in charge of a club.
“For the moment, no. It’s not in my plans,” he added. “Thierry [Henry], Patrick [Vieira] and Freddie Ljungberg have a very good future as managers. But it’s not for me, at least at the moment because I don’t have a [coaching] license.
“Maybe one day, but at the moment I’m an ambassador for the club. This is a good job. There isn’t too much pressure. I’m enjoying my new life. I’m also very happy to be here and excited to watch the match with 1000 Arsenal fans.”