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Barca chief Oliver confirms Henry exit

Barcelona director general Joan Oliver has confirmed that Thierry Henry will be allowed to leave the club.

Henry has struggled to impress at the Nou Camp since moving from Arsenal in 2007 and found himself reduced to a bit-part role under Pep Guardiola last season, with Pedro and Bojan Krkic regularly preferred.

Speculation was rife towards the end of last season that Henry was considering a move to MLS, with New York Red Bulls widely reported to be favourites to sign him.

Guardiola does not see Henry in his plans for next season and Barcelona have already signed prolific Spain striker David Villa, a move that appeared to all but seal Henry's exit.

That exit has now been confirmed by Oliver, who revealed that Henry will be allowed to leave the club despite his contract not being up until June 2011.

"It was a special position with the player and we have accepted," Oliver said. "For Barca it is not a bad agreement because we avoid paying him next season."

Despite enduring a torrid World Cup campaign with France, not starting a single game, Henry will still command his fair share of suitors, though a move to the United States still appears the most likely.

Meanwhile, Barcelona's sporting director Txiki Begiristain has confirmed he will be leaving the club following the election of new president Sandro Rosell.

"It is a good moment to do it,'' he told the club's official website. "[Former president Joan] Laporta is the person that has most trusted in me and given me most support and I believe that is the moment to leave. I wanted to finish in a good moment, in which the Barca functioned well.''


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