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Henry completes £16m move to Barca

Thierry Henry hopes to fire Barcelona to Champions League glory after finally sealing his dream move to the Catalan club today.

The France striker was on the losing side for Arsenal against Barcelona in the final of Europe's premier club competition the season before last, but believes he can go one better with his new side.

He said: 'We (Arsenal) lost against Barcelona in the Champions League final. I could have done it over there, but now I'm here and I have to live and breathe for Barcelona.

'It is a dream for everyone to win the Champions League and it's the only thing I haven't won yet, so I would love to win it.'

Henry signed a four-year deal today and revealed he would not have left Arsenal for any other club.

He continued: 'I always said that if I ever left Arsenal it would be to play for Barcelona.

'That is no disrespect to anybody...the way Barcelona play football, the fans, all of this, it is outstanding.'

Henry will link up with his friends Samuel Eto'o, Lilian Thuram and Ludovic Giuly at the Nou Camp, and admits that he consulted all three before moving to Catalonia.

He said: 'We are friends so I speak to them often, we have known each other for a long time and of course I asked them about Barcelona.'

The France forward was also quick to quash rumours of a potential problem with Eto'o, revealing that the two have built a great friendship over the last few years.

He explained: 'I have been talking to Samuel since he was at Mallorca. Samuel and I have been very close in the last three years.

'He came to see me when I was injured and I went to see him when he had his operation. I know you guys (the press) would like us to not be friends but we are friends.'

Henry spoke of the importance of a team ethic at his new club and pledged to be a 'great asset' for Frank Rijkaard's side.

He said: 'I am finally here and happy to be here. A lot of people have a lot of confidence in me and hopefully I can be a great asset for the team. I will try my hardest to make sure that I can help.'

The 29-year-old was diplomatic as to whether he could play alongside Barcelona's illustrious trio of forwards - Eto'o, Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi - but hopes these players help him settle at the Nou Camp.

He explained: 'Hopefully they can show me the way and help me to be a great player for the club.

'(Whether we all play together) will be the choice of the boss, but the most important thing is that Barcelona are successful and win silverware.'

The former Monaco and Juventus striker also dismissed reports that some of Barcelona's players had lacked interest this term, claiming they had merely endured a 'heavy season'.

He added: 'Everybody knows there are some world class players here, but you can't say they weren't showing interest.

'Barcelona had a very heavy season the season before last and I think some of those players were a bit tired. I am just here to play for Barcelona and give my best for the club.'

Barcelona will pay Arsenal a fee of 24 million euros (£16.1million) for the talismanic Frenchman, rising to 25 (£16.8million) should the Catalans win the league next season.

After speaking to the press, Henry - who has a release clause of 125 million euros (£84.2million) - was paraded in front of 30,000 adoring fans in a noisy Nou Camp.

Earlier on, Barcelona president Joan Laporta hailed the signing of Henry and revealed the club had been interested in the player for more than 10 years.

Laporta said: 'This is a signing for the members and our fans.

'They want the best in the world to come and play here and there is no doubt that Henry is one of the best.

'Johan Cruyff wanted to sign him when he was a very young player and we discussed his signing again in 2003. I am very happy he is here.'