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Henry staying in Spain, say Barca

Thierry Henry
Henry has scored 14 goals so far this season for Barcelona

Barcelona have scotched rumours linking their striker Thierry Henry with an instant return to the Premier League.

The Frenchman left Arsenal for the Catalan giants in the summer, but Sunday newspaper reports suggested he could be on his way back to England.

However, Barca vice-president Ferran Soriano told BBC Sport: "I spoke with him (Henry) a week ago and he is happy.

"We are not doing well in the domestic championship, but he is fine and I'm sure he is not coming back to the UK."

Asked if Henry misses the Premier League, Soriano said: "Not at all."

606: DEBATE
Then quizzed whether he will remain with Barca next season, he said: "Yes."

Meanwhile, coach Frank Rijkaard's future at the Nou Camp remains uncertain after Soriano refused to confirm that the Dutchman would be in charge next season.

Rijkaard has been linked with a move to Chelsea, should the Blues dispense with the services of manager Avram Grant.

And Soriano said: "The fact we are not getting the results in the domestic league is the fault of everybody, but we are very happy with Frank Rijkaard.

"You can never say 100% (he will stay) because at the end of the season we're going to review the performances of the players and coach.

"I think he has no plans to leave Barcelona and go to Chelsea.

"We've decided not to talk about this until the end of the season because we are concentrated and very focused."


see also
Barcelona 1-0 Schalke (agg 2-0)
09 Apr 08 |  Europe
Henry 'needs to adapt' at Barca
31 Oct 07 |  Europe
Arsenal thriving without Thierry
26 Oct 07 |  Arsenal
Arsenal 'freed up' by Henry exit
24 Sep 07 |  Arsenal


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