Houllier: Henry not returning to Red Bulls

Houllier: Henry not returning to Red Bulls

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Houllier: Henry not returning to Red Bulls

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Thierry Henry could possibly continue his illustrious career following the conclusion of this MLS season, but it will not be at the New York Red Bulls.

Red Bulls’ head of global football Gerard Houllier told French outlet France Football on Thursday that Henry’s time at the Red Bulls will come to an end following the expiration of his contact in December. Houllier added that Henry could opt to sign a deal elsewhere after becoming a free agent, but added that the Red Bulls are not an option.

Henry has been rumored to exiting the MLS club despite publicly saying he will wait until the winter to make a decision, but Houllier’s latest comments seem to confirm that the 37-year-old Frenchman is on his way out of the team he joined in 2010.

The lethal striker has enjoyed a strong individual showing since arriving in MLS. He has 50 goals and 41 assists in 119 regular season games, and also helped New York win its first piece of significant hardware, the Supporters’ Shield, in 2013.

There have been signs throughout the course of the season that this could be Henry’s final year with the Red Bulls. Arsenal, the club where Henry made his legend, made a rare stateside appearance for a friendly in July. Houllier also said following that match at Red Bull Arena that he thought Henry was leaning towards retirement at the end of the season.

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What do you think of Houllier saying Henry is leaving? Not surprised? What club could you see Henry continuing his career at after this year if he were to make such a decision?

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