Red Bull Exit? Henry eyes Arsenal return, hints at retirement

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Has New York Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry finally revealed his retirement plans?

In an interview with French outlet L’Equipe, a forthcoming Henry says “nothing is clear” about his future past this season. However, he does narrow down his possible path with a clear omission — another year on the playing field.

“I have not taken any decision and speculation is not my thing,” Henry begins, adding, “One thing is certain: I will stay in football, as a coach, a consultant or executive. We will see.”

The omission of an extension to his illustrious playing career is revealing from the calculated Henry. Rumors have swirled about Harrison this season with most of the speculation indicating 2014 would be Henry’s last as a professional.

Up to this point, those reports have been exactly that — rumors. The French legend has refused to delve into speculation on his personal future, likely in deference to the Red Bulls’ ongoing 2014 campaign.

However, this has been as outspoken a moment as Henry has shared about his personal future to date.  The Red Bull striker even went so far as to hint at one possible destination in his post-playing career — a future with the Arsenal staff.

“I would love to see Arsenal win the Champions League,” he said. “Whether that is from near or far does not depend on me but it is sure I’d like to help.

“This is my club and, as a player, I was not able to give them the Champions League.”

For now, Henry can count on one thing; his first appearance in Gillette Stadium, where New York take on the New England Revolution in the second leg of their Eastern Conference Final this weekend.


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