Houllier hints at Henry exit in 2014
New York Red Bulls head of global soccer Gerard Houllier has suggested the next Major League Soccer season could be Thierry Henry's last with the club.
Henry, 36, helped his side win the Supporters' Shield as they boasted the best regular season record only to then fall to the Houston Dynamo in the playoffs.
With just a year left on his contract in the Big Apple, the former Arsenal man, who took his career goals tally beyond 400 in September, is running out of chances to lead his team to postseason success.
Houllier, 66, told Le Parisien that only Henry's performances in the 2014 MLS campaign will determine whether or not it proves his swansong.
"It's a bit too soon to say. He's going to be 37 and we'll see how things go next season. It's his last chance to win the MLS Cup."
Henry's contribution of ten goals and nine assists in 30 appearances may have been his least prolific of the last three seasons, but Red Bulls coach Mike Petke said the ex-France international's importance extended beyond mere statistics.
"He was incredible this season, not only in the way he played but also in terms of his attitude and leadership. He impressed everyone. He's very passionate and knows what he wants. In the team, he lifts everyone with his jokes. But he can get annoyed when we don't win or when things don't go well."
Though his desire to triumph may still be intact, Henry's legendary pace, which made him one of Europe's most-feared strikers during his time in England, has gone. However, former international teammate Lilian Thuram, who was in New York for the Red Bulls' playoff defeat, believes Henry can play on.
"He's not as quick, that's understandable because he's 36. But, in his reading of the game, he understands quicker than everyone else,” Thuram said. “You see that, technically, he stands above the other players. He has still got it."