Bordeaux manager Willy Sagnol has made it more than clear that he would like Thierry Henry at the Stade Chaban-Delmas in the New Year.
With his contract with the New York Red Bulls set to expire at the end of 2014, the Arsenal legend’s future has been one of the major talking points in MLS this season, with he himself remaining quiet on his plans.
Now aged 37, retirement has been mooted, but the fact that he has been exhibiting some of his best form since arriving in New York in the summer of 2010 suggests the Frenchman still has a lot of life left in his ageing legs.
While a final hurrah with either the Gunners or fellow former club Monaco has been suggested, his ex-international teammate Sagnol believes seeing out his career in Bordeaux would be a likewise appealing option.
"If he wants [to come to Bordeaux], yes," he told FranceTV Sport. "If there are some finances [available] then perhaps... [laughs]. But if he wants to end quietly, in a situation and an environment with people who love him ..."
Henry has also declared this week that he would be open to going into coaching eventually, mentioning Arsenal as a potential destination, but Sagnol added that Bordeaux would be a great club for him to learn his craft in the meantime.
"I saw Friday morning in an interview that he still wasn’t sure what was going to do with the rest of his life,” he said.
“I take this opportunity just to get a message across: If he wants to train and become a coach, if he wants to learn some craft, to come and give a hand to the attackers at Girondins de Bordeaux, on everything, on the analysis of the game, the analysis of movement, on specific sessions, he is welcome.
“The door is open at Girondins for him.”
Joining the Red Bulls in July 2010 after three seasons at Barcelona, Henry grabbed 10 goals and 14 assists in 30 games during the 2014 MLS regular-season, with his performances earning widespread praise from fans and the media alike.
The club are currently preparing to face the New England Revolution in Saturday’s Eastern Conference Championship second-leg, having lost last weekend’s first-leg at Red Bull Arena 2-1, with a place in the MLS Cup final up for grabs.
They will be without the league’s leading scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips in Foxborough, however, after the prolific striker picked up a suspension-triggering booking in the first-leg, having been unaware of the rules.
The Englishman’s absence will be a big loss to Mike Petke’s side, having equalled the all-time MLS scoring record in 2014 with 27 goals over the course of the regular-season, but the man who will likely be drafted in to partner club captain Henry up front is none other than Everton icon Tim Cahill.