Thierry Henry not thinking about retirement

NEW YORK -- Entering his 19th season, Thierry Henry admits that he hasn't given much thought to whether or not he'll retire when his contract with the New York Red Bulls expires in 2015.

"You're going a bit too far. There's two more years, let's see what happens," Henry said.

In previous interviews, Henry has gone back and forth on his desire to one day become a head coach and there is speculation that he could replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal when the long-tenured manager decides to step away from the club.

But Henry says he is currently focused on the upcoming Red Bulls season and hasn't given much thought to anything outside of the remaining two years of his current deal. He also insisted that he hasn't inquired about a possible extension to his contract. 

"No, right now, it's still two years so I'm good with that if they are good with that too," Henry stated. "I'm going to honor my contract and see what happens."

While it is common practice for players to receive extensions with two years remaining on their contracts, Henry's age (he turns 36 in August) is likely a factor as to why neither Henry or the Red Bulls are thinking long term. New York shook up its front office and coaching staff during the offseason as the club looks to build for the future.

"I spoke with Thierry Henry at some length before I even came here," new sporting director Roxburgh told "The first thing was about how he wanted the team to be professional, to have a good team and to see us going in the right direction. Those are the expectations at this moment."

Henry made his professional debut in August 1994 as a member of AS Monaco and has played for some of the world's elite clubs including Juventus, Arsenal and Barcelona. The legendary France striker has an impressive haul of 340 goals and 178 assists in 725 club appearances.

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During the Red Bulls' media day, Henry spoke about his decision to rest this offseason rather than rejoin Arsenal on another short-term loan. While he admits that he wouldn't have minded having another shot with the Emirates Stadium faithful, he was happy that he was able to have some time to relax mentally.

"It was good [to rest this offseason]. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind playing but you also need time to rest your mind. Sometimes more than your body to be honest... to come back and perform [at a high level]. " Henry explained.

When Henry returned from his loan spell at Arsenal last season, the forward came out guns blazing in the opening month of the 2012 MLS season, scoring five goals and adding three assists. Yet, as the season wore on injuries and fatigue slowed the veteran.

Henry was asked whether taking an offseason rest could result in a slower start to the 2013 season.

"You never know. I remember people saying when I went to Arsenal that I needed a rest. Then when I came back, I was flying," Henry stated. "You don't know sometimes. I've been in this game for a very long time. Sometimes when you stop and you come back, it can take you a while to get back into the rhythm. But sometimes also when you didn't [stop], you get a little moment where you aren't performing well.

"You don't have an exact thing sometimes."


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