Thierry Henry Not Yet Ready for Retirement, but Hints at Arsenal Future

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistFebruary 18, 2014

New York Red Bulls soccer player Thierry Henry waits for the start of Game 5 of an NBA basketball playoff series between the New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York, Thursday, May 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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On the cusp of his 20th professional season, Thierry Henry has assured he has no plans to hang up the boots just yet, although he did touch upon a potential future with a certain London club.

The former Arsenal great is currently preparing for the 2014 Major League Soccer season, his last contracted campaign as a New York Red Bulls player.

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However, Henry insists that in no way does that mean his playing days are done, per Mundo Deportivo (h/t ESPN FC's Ian Holyman):

I've got a year left on my contract and I still feel good. So I'm going to enjoy it and we'll see come the end of the year. You know yourself when it's the moment to go. When I get that feeling, I'll stop, but that's not yet the case. But when I do retire, I think I will stay connected to football in some way.

I feel good in New York, but my life is in London. I have my daughter there, my house. I think my future is in that city.

This will be the Frenchman's fifth season in MLS, having made the lucrative move from Barcelona in 2010. He has since gone on to make 92 appearances for the New York outfit, per the Red Bulls' official website.

Last January, Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl made the suggestion that it may be in New York that Henry's management career gets its beginning:

Since then, Henry has returned to the Emirates Stadium, enjoying brief training stints with the current Arsenal squad. It is anticipated that he will one day return as a coach.

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The 36-year-old's comments would appear to suggest there may yet be unfinished business in North London, although it's highly doubtful that he would walk straight into a managerial role.

Henry is listed by the official Arsenal website as the greatest player ever to have pulled on the club's colours, his team record of 228 goals the main reason as to why he shares such a deep-rooted bond with Arsene Wenger's outfit.

As the Mail Online showed in January, Henry still shows sentiment for his old club:

Major League Soccer is undoubtedly of a lower quality than its English counterpart, but even in his advanced years, Henry continues to show worth in a playing capacity, a distinct touch of class never leaving his game.

Should he wish to begin his coaching career in New York, it is likely he would be welcomed with open arms. However, his destiny is surely at Arsenal, although the long-awaited reunion doesn't appear on the horizon just yet.


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