Stop the rumors about French forward Thierry Henry joining the New York Red Bulls.
It’s a done deal.
The 32-year-old former Arsenal and Barcelona player signed a multiyear contract with the MLS club on Wednesday and is expected to make his Red Bulls debut on July 22 in an exhibition against Premier League club Tottenham.
“Some people might think I am going to go there for vacation – I do actually go there for vacation – but it won’t be for vacation this time,” Henry said in a video interview on the club website. “I’m a competitor and I don’t like to lose.”
Henry was released by Barcelona last month after scoring just four goals last season.
Henry will be introduced at a news conference today at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.
With France, Henry won the World Cup in 1998 and the 2000 European Championship but sparked outrage last year when his handball during a playoff match helped to deny Ireland a spot at this year’s World Cup.
At the tournament in South Africa, France was eliminated in the first round after the team was beset by a player mutiny.
Henry guided Arsenal to the Premier League title in 2002 and 2004 before leaving in 2007 to join Barcelona, where he won six trophies in 2009 — the Champions League, the Spanish league, the Copa del Rey, the Spanish Supercup, the UEFA Supercup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
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