With Thierry Henry’s future with the New York Red Bulls and in Major League Soccer still up in the air, RBNY’s Head of Football Gerrard Houllier has added further fuel to the fire that Henry is heading out of Red Bull Arena.
Henry, 37, is deemed likely to leave New York at the end of the current MLS campaign after five seasons in North America’s top-flight.
Speculation about his next destination have been rife, as has the future of New York, with many suggesting he may retire from soccer altogether after finding a new lease of life since moving to NYC in 2010.
Speaking to French radio station RMC, Houllier said that he could envisage Henry returning to Ligue 1 next season.
“At the moment no decision has been made, either in one direction or the other,” Houllier said. “Thierry has not decided to end his career. We would love to keep him but it will also depend on him. He never seems to get old and continues to score goals. Could he play again in Ligue 1? Absolutely, no problems.”
Henry’s first club, AS Monaco, and French giants Paris Saint-Germain are perhaps the only two teams who could afford him. Would Henry return to France for one final swansong?
After returning to Arsenal for two off-season loan stints during his time with New York, he certainly seems a like a sentimental man. Can you see Henry following in the footsteps of David Beckham and finish his playing career with PSG? Henry would be returning to his hometown, Paris, and if he lifted silverware in the French capital to finish things off, his fairytale career could have the perfect ending.
For now, he remains under contract with the Red Bull and in MLS. But for how much longer? After playing for Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal, Barcelona and New York in a glittering career, is one final stop in France awaiting Henry? This season he has seven goals and 11 assists in MLS, his lowest goal tally in a full season since joining the New York but he still has plenty in the tank to play a bit-part role in one of Europe’s top leagues.
Let’s wait and see.