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Former Arsenal man Robert Pires believes the Indian Super League can succeed in the long term and hopes some big stars will follow in his footsteps.

The inaugural Indian Super League is underway with a collection of ageing stars in evidence and one of them, Robert Pires, insists the competition will flourish.

Former French international Pires is playing for FC Goa while ex-Juventus men Alessandro Del Piero and David Trezeguet are also in the league as well as former Premier League duo Nicolas Anelka and Luis Garcia.

Now 40, Pires is captain of FC Goa and he has laughed off suggestions that the Indian Super League will be short-lived.

“Imagine today you have Del Piero, Trezeguet and Robert Pires – who knows, in five or six seasons maybe you can have Rooney or van Persie playing in India,” Pires told Sky Sports.

“A lot of people think I’ve come to play here for the money but it’s not only for the money, I have a very good role within this country and with these players.

“I know I need to give everything for the team – my football, my experience and my passion. That’s what makes it special for me as well as the players, because I am here mainly to help the development of the football here in India which is very important.”

FC Goa lost their season opener to Chennaiyin and then drew 1-1 with NorthEast United. 

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