Frenchman Thierry Henry, a former Barcelona and Arsenal star, spoke in the early 2000s about his aspirations for the Italian club Como, as well as the reasons that prompted him to leave the ranks of Juventus.
French football icon Henry was presented by the Serie B club at a press conference in the coastal town of Como and appeared alongside former Chelsea chief executive and captain Dennis Wise.
“I know the Italians’ passion for football and I didn’t hesitate when I had the opportunity to start a new chapter in my life,” Henry said in comments published by Football Italia.
He added: “I spoke with Cesc Fàbregas and Gianluca Zambrotta, with whom I played at Barcelona. Cesc will be among the champions and will make a huge difference whether he comes on the pitch or not.”
Thierry Henry is in the stands to watch Como hours after he was announced as a shareholder in the Italian Serie B team.
His former Arsenal teammate Cesc Fabregas joined the club earlier this month as a player/shareholder 🤝 pic.twitter.com/oOKgrY6IVK
— B/R football (@brfootball) August 29, 2022
Henry continued: “One of the goals that led me to this experience was to invest in the Como community and build partnerships with the local population through initiatives that can be useful for job creation.”
And the 45-year-old former star continued: “Como has a beautiful history, it is known for the beauty of the city and the lake, but we hope that soon it will become famous thanks to football.”
And of his presence in Como, he said: “I am an assistant to Roberto Martinez in Belgium and a football analyst in France, but I will be here when I can, but at the moment there are many ways to communicate.”
And of his short spell at Juventus, he said: “I loved the club and I would have stayed if it wasn’t for one person. I have a lot of respect for Italian football. I’m from the same generation of champions as Andrea Pirlo and Gennaro.” Gattuso.”
Henry played in stadiums as a rare class scorer and won several titles during his career with several clubs including Arsenal and Barcelona Spain and was part of the France squad alongside Zinedine Zidane who won the 1998 World Cup.
He retired in 2015 and later coached Monaco and Montreal, Canada before becoming a television analyst.
Club Como, owned by Indonesian tobacco giant Dajarum, is aiming to return to Italy’s Serie A for the first time since 2003, rising from the fourth division after going bankrupt in 2017 to the second to finish thirteenth last season.