Thierry Henry confirms New York Red Bulls departure

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has officially announced that he will not return to the New York Red Bulls for the 2015 MLS season.

New York Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry has officially confirmed that he will not be returning to the MLS club for the 2015 season.

Henry, 37, spent four-and-a-half seasons with the Red Bulls after signing as a designated player in July 2010, recording 51 goals and 42 assists in 122 regular-season appearances, while also helping the team to the 2013 Supporters' Shield - their first-ever major piece of silverware.

His contract now up after the club were eliminated from the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs on Saturday with a 4-3 aggregate defeat to the New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference Championship, the Frenchman announced his departure on his official Facebook account, writing:

"I am taking this opportunity to announce that unfortunately Saturday was my last game for the New York Red Bulls. The decision has always been that I would leave after the duration of my contract and although that was never going to change, I didn't want it to distract from the progress of the team.

"I have immensely enjoyed my four and half years here and would like to thank everyone involved with this club who has made my time here so enjoyable.

"Thanks must go particularly to Erik Soler, Hans Backe, Gerard Houllier, Andy Roxburgh, Mike Petke, all my team mates, the technical staff, medical staff, all the personnel who work for the Red Bull organisation, the MLS and of course the owner Mr Mateschitz whose vision and passion brought me to this wonderful city.

"A special mention must go to the Red Bull fans who have supported this team through the good, the bad and the ugly times in the sun, rain and snow. You guys have really meant a lot to me and thank you for all your wonderful support.

"I will now take the next few weeks to reflect and decide on the next chapter of my career.

"Thank you all

"Thierry Henry"

The Red Bulls themselves confirmed Henry's departure on their official website, with general manager Marc de Grandpre hailing the Arsenal legend's impact both on the team and the league in general.

"On behalf of the New York Red Bulls I would like to thank Thierry Henry for the incredible impact he has made on both our organization and the American soccer community as a whole," he wrote.

"He is truly one of the all-time great talents and will forever hold a special place within the organization's history. We wish Thierry all the best for his future."

Sporting director Andy Roxburgh added: "Thierry Henry, an icon of the world's game, has been a wonderful player for the New York Red Bulls and a major influence on the development of MLS.

"It has been a privilege to have watched Thierry's illustrious career unfold since he was 17 years old, and it has been a particular joy to watch him, at close quarters, lead the New York Red Bulls over the last two seasons. We sincerely wish him all the best for his future."

Henry was named an MLS All-Star in four consecutive seasons from 2011 to 2014, was a finalist for the league's MVP award in 2012 and was named to the MLS Best XI in 2011 and 2012.

He helped the Red Bulls make the postseason in all five seasons with the club and most recently led the club to the Conference Championship for the first time since 2008.

What his next move is now remains to be seen, with the former World Cup-winner stopping short of calling time on his illustrious career.

A final hurrah with either Arsenal or fellow former club Monaco has been suggested, while Bordeaux manager Willy Sagnol opened the door last week for him to join the Ligue 1 club in either a playing or coaching capacity, after his ex-international teammate claimed he would like to help the Gunners win the Champions League from the dugout.

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