Thierry Henry happy to welcome Carles Puyol to MLS

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Puyol is leaving Barcelona
Puyol is leaving Barcelona.

Carles Puyol confirmed this week that he will leave Barcelona at the end of this season after 19 years with the Catalan club.

With the former Spain national team captain expected to carry on his playing career beyond the end of his current deal, recent rumors have linked him with a move to the MLS.

And today Thierry Henry, who is currently plying his trade in the league with New York Red Bulls, spoke enthusiastically about the potential switch:

"If he wants to come and play in the United States then he would be very welcome," he told ARA.

"Should he want to come it would be great. It would be good for the league because it is always good to have players like him," the veteran former Arsenal striker said.

Henry himself left Barcelona to move to the MLS in 2010 and is perfectly placed to entice his former teammate to North America, and perhaps even the Red Bulls.

But it doesn't look like he will be offering too much advice:

"He is an intelligent person and I am sure that he knows what he wants to do.

There have been suggestions that Puyol, who has played over 390 games for Barcelona, could head for Henry's soon to be city rivals, New York City F.C.

The MLS' newest franchise intend to begin playing in the league in 2015 and, with an association with Manchester City in place, they will be looking to bring in some big names in time.

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