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The Swede insists that Henry remains a great player.....

New York Red Bulls coach Hans Backe has said that Thierry Henry is a great player and enthuses that the Frenchman will play as a striker in his team.

Henry's move from Spanish champions Barcelona to the MLS side was finalised earlier on Wednesday. The French international striker had a poor season in 2009-10 as he struggled to play regularly for the Catalan club under Pep Guardiola and also saw little playing time in France's disappointing World Cup campaign in South Africa.

However, New York Red Bulls coach Hans Backe stresses that Henry remains a class player and that he is a great addition to his team. The 58-year-old has been quoted by as saying, “He will play as the highest striker. And we know he’s very, very mobile. That means he would probably be on both the left- and right-hand sides.
That’s one of his favorite positions to start the attacking game, but he will definitely play as a striker.

“It’s absolutely fantastic to get an absolutely top-class player, still only 32, winning everything you can imagine. Being captain for Arsenal and [the] French national team, the character and personality he has is outstanding.”

Backe continued, “We had a chat about our playing style, the way we train and we talked about some former clubs he’s been involved in. He’s really keen to start training, not just doing commercials and things like that—he’d like to get in the team and training as quickly as possible.

"I have gotten so many good reports about him from every country and every club, that he is a very competitive player and he wants to win.”

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