Friday, 4 September 2009

Guardiola wanted to replace Henry this summer

Madrid sports tabloid As claims that Barcelona wanted to replace Barcelona forward and French international Thierry Henry (31) during the past summer transfer window.

Because Barcelona manager Josep Guardiola would have had enough of the clash of the egos of Henry and Eto'o, he reportedly asked the club to look for a new left winger.

Although it was Eto'o who took all the hits from the press and Henry came out of it fairly undamaged because of his good relationship with the media and the entourage of the club, Guardiola would have wanted to get rid of both players.

Barcelona would therefore have been discretely sounding out the market over the last months and contacted among others left wingers like Riera, Robben, Robinho, Mata and Silva. But although those players would have agreed to join Barcelona, it was not possible to close a deal with their clubs. If Barcelona would find a new left winger next year, Henry will probably leave the club at the end of this season.

Read more:
Robben confirms Barcelona interest
Henry wants to play in the US one day
Barcelona keeping an eye on Robinho

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

AHHAHHAHHA! WHAT a juicy gossip :P AS(S) my dick

fcbee said...

As was right on the Puyol story yesterday... ;)

Sometimes it's easier to leak a story through the Madrid press than through Sport or EMD.

Anonymous said...

As was not right yesterday... Puyol himself recently said he feels important here, he would sign a renewal soon. By 'recently' I meant 2 days back

Necro Spaaw said...

fuck you AS, TiTi is GOD

fcbee said...

Puyol has said he now wants to focus on football and that the renewal is something for later.

His agent confirmed recently (as in 'yesterday') the story in As almost word-by-word: that the offer was there but that the player first wants to see what will happen this season and that he will decide based upon sporting elements.

I guess it's pretty clear the agent (or someone else from Puyol's entourage) spoke to As. Sometimes it's easier to leak some kind of unhappiness through the Madrid press...

yuti said...

Whatever it is, I guess it's time for Henry to leave next year. He won't be able to hold his level of last season at his age with all th work he has to do and he's too expensive to sit on the bench. You can't earn more than Xavi and Iniesta and sit on the bench.

Let's hope for one more great year and that he then accepts to leave (and hopefully find some US team who pays him the same wages).

Nzuu said...

I'm getting sick of these rumours and gossip, they just unnecessarily taint the image of Barcelona. To know that an article is a bunch of rubbish you always see sentence like , "It is BELIEVED that the club bla bla bla" , "... The coach WOULD be thinking of getting rid of the bla bla bla " , "Guardiola WOULD have requested the transfer of Bendtner since he was inmpressed by jis showings bla bla bla"

SJP said...

madrid using their 'paper whore' to try and de-stabilize us again. yes we were looking for a LW but only due to henry's age, not his attitude.

Anonymous said...

:D:D Typical As article about Barca.

"Josep Guardiola would have had enough of the clash of the egos of Henry and Eto'o"? :D Thats funny, they were very good friends already before Titi joined Barcelona.

Anonymous said...

Of couese Puyol's agent tried so because it's his job. but it doesn't mean that Puyi wants to leave Barca.

madilu said...

What makes this story trash is the reported 'fight of Egos' between Etoo and Henry.

I have never seen such a focussed and tight forward line like that
of Messi, Henry and Etoo. Every one of them apreciated the others and we would have seen any tensions in the games.

This is just one way of destabilising our squad and I would not pay any attention to the story.

tero said...

What a stupid rumour...aren't there any ego problems with Cristina..?

Boat Forever said...

BREAKING NEWS :

Manchester United in line to face the wrath of FIFA for snatching a young player from some French second division club.

Hope the same happens to Arsenal as well for what they have done to us. Fabregas & Merida :(

fcb_india said...

I think the rumour has something in it.. Henry may go in a year or two.. Barca is searching for a left winger that is known to everyone.. it is not that he will b bought to warm his ass on the bench.. left winger is cimng to replace Henry that we can not deny..

Anonymous said...

Left winger would be bought to provide cover for Henry & rotate with him this season... While later on the new signing would be the main starter.
THINK guys! bah

Anders said...

Replace him after 2 seasons? After that transfer sum? Pfft!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I'm sure Pep wants to get rid of him...not. Have you seen the pictures of them at every trophy celebration? Henry is always the one closest to Pep and they're always the ones hugging and such. If anything, it's the age issue. But Henry's fought through it so far and he can continue to before he comes to the MLS.

Messiiiiiiiiiiiii said...

of course its bullshit by madrid but i personally think henry's time at barca in the staring eleven should be limited because of his age and obviously pedro needs more time he is much more enthusiastic than henry who looks too slow on the pitch and has lost some motivation.
i think he should come off the bench sometimes so he can run more and be more effective.

Anonymous said...

why does every one say this is henrys last season for the past 2 years? if you look at his style he is a player who does not get challenged like messi and he has found better ways to deal with his declinin pace. he rarely looks out of place and he scores a ton so to say its his last season after he has been improving the last two seasons is foolish. its not as if he is getting worse day by day

Kxevin said...

This is definitely his last season with us. Guardiola's demands on players mean a LOT of running, tracking back on defense, applying midfield pressure, etc. The demands are intensive, and I can't see Henry lasting past this season.

As for a clash of egos between Eto'o and Henry, you could see that there was during matches. They were working together more effectively as the season progressed, and grew to realize that the presence of one made the other more effective.

As for the club trying to sell Henry? No way can you "quietly" shop a player of that notoriety. And I find it next to impossible to believe that we couldn't have found a buyer for him. I'm calling bullshit on AS.

equis said...

lol first that crap about puyol now this? madrid is a joke.

FCBarca said...

It's AS(S), enough said

fcbee said...

I find it very easy to believe that we couldn't find a buyer actually. Who can afford his wages if you take into account he doesn't want to play for another EPL team than Arsenal? Right.

xaviesta said...

"Get rid of him because of his personality" that sounds so ridiculous! Lets talk about this issue at the end of the season-I think he will play a good one this year! there is no doubt about it that we need a young left winger with a lot of motivation but in my opinion Henry can act as a sort of joker for one more year behind that guy before he moves to the US.

djoef said...

A joker shouldn't be the third best paid player in the squad and then leave for free the next summer...

Anonymous said...

madrid tabloid is just spreading bull shit news just to try to shake the player's confidence that he is unwanted by the club... madrid are scared they need to do such childish propaganda u know why??????
because they are peeing in their sports shorts every training session just by thinking of:
MESSI,INIESTA,XAVI,IBRAHIMIVIC,YAYA,POYUL,PIQUES,KEITA,MAXWELL,....etc..

i shacked when i was writing the player's list... SCAAAARYYYYYYY BARCAAAAAAA reallly!!!!!

Messiiiiiiiiiiiii said...

one thing thouh is that he plays amazingly good against better team. i think he scored more goals against top 6 teams than any player in barca and in CL he was effective so lets see...I want to see him at Barca for more seasons but slowly as a sub.

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