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.”
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Henry was released by Barcelona last month.
With France, Henry won the World Cup in 1998 and the 2000 European Championship.
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