With his contract set to expire at the end of 2014, Thierry Henry’s future with the New York Red Bulls has been the subject of continuous speculation over the course of the MLS season.
Having just turned 37, talk of retirement has been swirling in recent months, with Red Bull Head of Global Football Gerard Houllier even admitting that he expected his fellow Frenchman to hang up his boots.
However, regardless of whether he opts to continue his career, the star forward’s time in the States looks to be drawing to a close, with SI.com reporting that there is ‘zero chance’ of a new deal being reached with his current club, whose investors are understood to be losing interest in the project.
Having first joined the Red Bulls in July 2010 from Barcelona, Henry hasn’t quite produced to the same level MLS fans expected numbers-wise during his spell in the US, but his form over the past 18 months has demonstrated that he is still far from finished.
After guiding his side to the 2013 Supporters’ Shield, as the team with the best regular-season record, the club captain has experienced his most productive season in 2014 in a deeper and more creative role in the lineup, notching up 13 assists and nine goals in 27 games so far to establish himself as a prime MVP-candidate.
Helping strike-partner Bradley Wright-Phillips to a league-leading 24 goals in the process, Henry and the Red Bulls are now bidding to make a fifth-consecutive post-season appearance, but the final four regular-season games will prove a real battle with the team sitting fifth in the Eastern Conference table at present.
Winning a first-ever MLS Cup title for the franchise would be an excellent note to go out on, but whether the Arsenal legend would call it a career at that point remains to be seen.