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May 3, 2010
Report: Henry ready to leave Barcelona early, closer to joining Bulls

Thierry Henry is closer to joining the Red Bulls, according to newspaper reports.
Thierry Henry is closer to joining the Red Bulls, according to newspaper reports.
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Thierry Henry has moved closer to becoming a New York Red Bull.

The Barcelona and French international forward has negotiated his exit from the Spanish First Division club, according to The Mirror in England.

The 32-year-old Henry has said on several occasions that he wants to live in New York and play in MLS.

According to The Mirror, Henry representatives already have had meetings with Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begiristain. Barca is ready to allow Henry to leave the La Liga side before his contract expires.

Henry would join the Red Bulls after the World Cup, when the MLS summer transfer window opens in July.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, for whom Thierry played and captained the team in the English Premier League, felt the Frenchman will go west -- to the U.S.

“I believe he will go to the United States at the end of the season,” Wenger told the Arsenal website.
“He will go certainly to the World Cup and after he will want to maybe cut a little bit of the immense pressure that is in Europe.

“Thierry will be 33. He started at 17 years of age. As a striker that's 16 years at the top."

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