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Red Bull head of football: Thierry Henry will not return for New York

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 28: Thierry Henry #14 of New York Red Bulls controls the ball from Baggio Husidic #6 of Los Angeles Galaxy in the first half at StubHub Center on September 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The Galaxy defeated the Red Bulls 4-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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It’s been a busy few days for Gerard Houllier, the French manager and head of global football for Red Bull.

In the past few days, the New York Red Bulls have had to dismiss reports that the club is up for sale. Alexi Lalas confirmed on ESPN during the Union/Fire match tonight that Red Bull sources say they are in NY for the long haul (He also said, “Every team is for sale”, so keep that in mind).

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And now Houllier seems to confirm that Thierry Henry will not be with the team next year, and could be retiring from the game (SI’s Grant Wahl reported a similar sentiment earlier this week).

Roughly translated, Houllier told

“He views this as the end of his career, and it’s possible that these are his last matches. Perhaps he will go play somewhere else, but it will not with be the Red Bulls.”

Henry was coy on retirement rumors earlier this year, but the writing does seem to be on the wall.

The Red Bulls have just four regular season matches left; home Saturday to Houston, Oct. 11 vs. Toronto FC, Oct. 19 against Columbus and a loan road match Oct. 26 against Sporting KC.

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