Both Thierry Henry and Rafael Marquez went out on loan last offseason, and they may follow suit this year as well.
New York Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry didn't want to think about the offseason this early, but after a disappointing exit from the playoffs he wouldn't rule out the possibility of another Arsenal loan. However, the 35-year-old is reluctant to go on loan, citing a need for rest.
"I don't know. It wasn't the plan last year and it's not in the plan this year," Henry said after New York's 1-0 loss to D.C. United in the MLS playoffs. "I don't know if you guys are aware, I've played a whole year. It wasn't my plan last year. The loss is kind of fresh and I don't want to talk about Arsenal right now. That's not the plan anyway."
While Henry might not be uncertain about his offseason plans, his Designated Player teammates Rafa Marquez and Tim Cahill both admitted that loan deals could be in their future. Cahill indicated in his first press conference that a loan move to Everton in January is possible. ESPN Deportes reported that Marquez could return to his first club, Mexican side Atlas, for an offseason loan.
Marquez would not deny that the move is a possibility.
"We don't know yet, we don't have any news about that [yet]," Marquez said. "Now, I was focused on the last game. We will see."
Marquez received a red card against D.C., marking the second time that the Mexico international has embroiled in controversy in the postseason. The Mexican international didn't appear to have an outright explanation about what happened on both cards, just saying that he accepted the referee's decision.
"I don't know [what happened with the second yellow card], the referee took the decision," said Marquez. "Maybe I can say something but the referee made that decision. I need to accept it."
Marquez admitted that he wasn't at his best this season but hopes that he can return to finish the last year of his contract. According to Marquez, his move to Atlas would be to keep himself fit, not necessarily a permanent move.
"It's very bad. We're upset about that [exiting the playoffs early]. Myself, I don't think that I had a good season," Marquez admitted.
"Right now, I need to do something during three months off at another club - to be better next season. Next season could be my last here and I want to do my best in the next season. It maybe my last opportunity to be a champion in MLS.
"I want to be a champion in the MLS, we have everything here [to do it]. I want to be in good shape."
Follow ALEX LABIDOU on