Blanc rules out PSG move for Henry

The coach has not considered an approach for the striker in the same manner David Beckham was signed by the Parc des Princes outfit, but backed him to continue playing

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has ruled out making a short-term move for Thierry Henry but admits he wouldn’t be surprised to see him play on after leaving New York Red Bulls.

Henry announced his decision to leave the MLS club at the end of his contract on Monday, indicating that he wants time to consider his next move.

The former France star has been heavily linked with a move into coaching, with Bordeaux coach Willy Sagnol admitting it would be a “sweet dream” to have a player of such a calibre on his staff and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hinting at a return to London for the Emirates Stadium icon.

But while Blanc – who played alongside Henry for France – says he won’t offer him a deal at PSG, he has backed the 37-year-old to find another club and delay retirement.

“Could he play six months at PSG like [David] Beckham? I’ve not thought about that,” he told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday.

“He could still play, he loves the game so much. I don’t know if he will retire or not. It wouldn’t surprise me if he continued to play. He’s had a great career and is a great player.”

Ahead of Wednesday evening’s match against Lille, Blanc, whose PSG side lie one point behind Marseille in Ligue 1, confessed that he has not been happy with his side’s performances this season.

“We are the first to admit that we’ve got an enormous amount of progress to make.

“Marseille have been better than us. They deserve their 34 points and we deserve out 33.”

The Frenchman confirmed that while Marco Verratti is likely to be back in action for the match at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Yohan Cabaye and Clement Chantome are both injured.