Arsenal legend Henry will not think about retiring until 2015

The 35-year-old New York Red Bulls striker is entering the 19th year of his career but says he is not going to consider quitting football until the end of his current deal
New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry has insisted he is not thinking about retiring from football until his current contract expires.

The 35-year-old's existing deal runs out in 2015 and there has been speculation he could hang up his playing boots and switch his attentions to a coaching role, but Henry insists he will finish his contract and then decide what to do.

"No, right now, it's still two years so I'm good with that if [Red Bulls] are good with that too," Henry told reporters when asked if he was retiring. "I'm going to honour my contract and see what happens."

Unlike in early 2012 when he moved to Arsenal on loan, Henry opted against joining a club on a short-term deal before the MLS starts up again, and says he is glad to have had the time to relax.

He added: "It was good [to rest]. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind playing but you also need time to rest your mind. Sometimes more than your body to be honest... to come back and perform [at a high level]."

The former Barcelona man is unsure if the break from competitive action will help his performances when the MLS season restarts, though.

He added: "You never know. I remember people saying when I went to Arsenal that I needed a rest. Then when I came back, I was flying.

"You don't know sometimes. I've been in this game for a very long time. Sometimes when you stop and you come back, it can take you a while to get back into the rhythm.

"But sometimes also when you didn't [stop], you get a little moment where you aren't performing well. You don't have an exact thing sometimes."