Henry joins the New York Red Bulls

Thierry Henry has joined the New York Red Bulls from Barcelona on a ‘multi-year contract’. The former Arsenal player is expected to make his debut for the Major League Soccer club on July 22 in a friendly against Tottenham.

Henry spent three years at the Camp Nou but failed to get into the Barcelona first team last season. With David Villa’s imminent arrival at the Catalan giants Henry appears to have decided that it was time to move on.

The 32-year-old spoke about his move to the MLS on the New York Red Bulls’ website last night: ‘This marks an exciting new chapter in my career and life.’

‘It is an honour to play for the New York Red Bulls. I am fully aware of the team's history and my sole goal during my time here is to help win the club its first championship.’

Henry continued: ‘Knowing Red Bull's significant commitment to soccer locally and internationally, I am confident that my team-mates and I will succeed.’

Erik Soler, the New York team’s general manager, was gushing in his praise of Henry: ‘Thierry is not only a world-class player who will undoubtedly improve our squad, but he has shown most importantly throughout his career that he is a winner.’

‘He has made it clear to us that he is committed in the short and long term to help in our vision of making our organisation the premium franchise in Major League Soccer.’

Henry becomes the second big name player after David Beckham to join the MLS in recent years and it remains to be seen if the French international’s arrival transforms the league into a graveyard for former greats.

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