Ex-Arsenal & United stopper seeks Premier League return

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Former Arsenal and Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre believes he is still capable of playing in the Premier League.

The 35-year-old Frenchman was set to sign for Indian side Mumbai FC, but after the prospective transfer fell through, the free agent is back in England looking for a new club.

With five Premier League titles under his belt following a successful nine-year spell at Old Trafford, Silvestre is back training with the Red Devils, after Sir Alex Ferguson offered him the opportunity to rebuild his fitness.

"I am back to train," he said. "I came a few weeks ago and had a chat with the gaffer just before the Capital One Cup game [against Newcastle].

"I said I was coming back to Manchester until Christmas and he said 'come and train and stay fit until you move to somewhere else'."

Silvestre also enjoyed a brief stint at the Emirates Stadium, when Gunners boss Arsene Wenger offered the versatile stopper a short-term contract - making him the first player to transfer directly between Manchester United and Arsenal since Viv Anderson.

After leaving north London in 2010, the full-back joined Bundesliga side Werder Bremen, spending two seasons in Germany before his release in the summer. But, despite being without a club since May, Silvestre is confident he can still cut it in England's top-flight.

"When you are training with the lads you feel like you are still capable of playing in the Premier League," he explained.

"I am fit, that is the main point, and I still have the hunger for the game. So this level is still the level that I am targeting."

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