Thierry Henry Rules Out Europe Move, Plans to Finish Career in the US
Having made a big impact in the US since his transfer to New York Red Bulls from Barcelona in 2010, Thierry Henry, on Monday, insisted that he will play out his career in the United States and that he has no intention of seeking a loan move to Europe like his compatriot David Beckham.
The former Arsenal star scored 13 goals for his side in 29 appearances and is set to play for the MLS All-Star XI against Manchester United in New Jersey on Wednesday. Though in superb form, the former French international claims that his stint in US will be the last chapter in his playing career.
“No, I won’t be playing in Europe again,” Henry said. “I’m done with Europe. I had my career over there and was lucky enough to win everything with the national team and at club level.”
“I respect what David [Beckham] did in terms of playing in Europe with AC Milan, but I am where I am right now and where I’m happy to be.”
Henry and David Beckham are the leading lights in the All-Stars team, which consists of the players voted for by supporters of MLS franchises throughout the United States. He is also upbeat about the fact that the growing interest of people in the game justifies his move to US.
“Since I arrived in New York, the experience has been more than amazing for me. The other day, we played in Seattle and there were 48,000 people in the stadium. We played in front of 41,000 in San Jose just before that,” said the 33 year old footballer.
“Fans are coming to see games because there are some amazing players in the league. There is always talk of me, Becks and other players from Europe, but some of the guys within MLS are amazing players who can have a future in Europe,” added Henry.
Henry, who himself had made a move from Arsenal to Barcelona in 2007 however remained coy on the transfer saga, concerning Cesc Fabregas interest to switch home from Emirates to Nou Camp.
He said: “I’m not the boss of Arsenal, so it’s up to them to deal with that. I took my decision and now we’ll see what Cesc will do.”