Former Arsenal and France international Thierry Henry looks like he is set to end his long and illustrious career in professional football.
According to Gerard Houllier, who works as the New York Red Bulls Head of Global Football based in Paris, the striker is set to leave The Big Apple when his contract is up at the end of the season and will more than likely retire from the game.
Bye Bye Titi
“He planned to end his career, it is possible that this is his last matches,’’ Houllier said, adding if Henry plays with a team next year, “it will not be the Red Bulls.’’
This is not exactly the biggest surprise to fans of the Red Bulls and Major League Soccer. Henry has looked quite disillusioned all season in the Red and White of NYRB, and despite putting up an impressive stat line, we all kind of sensed it was nothing more than an Indian summer for the ex-Arsenal man.
Henry arrived in North America from Barcelona after playing for France in the 2010 World Cup, and has 50 goals and 41 assists in 119 MLS games. He also helped the Red Bulls earn the first silverware in team history, leading them to last year’s Supporters’ Shield for the best record in the MLS.
Red Bull Farce
According to Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated, the reason for Henry's impending leave could well be down to the Red Bulls head office. The team have noticeably cut down their spending in recent times and it meant the team missing out on the likes of David Villa, Frank Lampard and Xavi Hernandez, whose signings would surely have led to Titi sticking around for another year at least.
There are rumours floating around that the Red Bull company are looking to sell their team, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet. It should also be noted that neither Henry nor the Red Bulls have released comments about his departure either.