Huge Blow for Mbappe and PSG, As Thierry Henry Makes Major Transfer Decision

Huge Blow for Mbappe and PSG, As Thierry Henry Makes Major Transfer Decision

Ero Samson
June 7, 2023 at 9:33 AM
  • French legend Thierry Henry was previously linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain
  • The ex-Arsenal star was reportedly in advanced talks with the Ligue 1 giants this week
  • Henry was expected to join the club in an effort to appease star forward Kylian Mbappe

Thierry Henry has reportedly rejected the opportunity to join Julian Nagelsmann’s coaching staff at Paris Saint-Germain.

Henry was said to have held talks with the PSG hierarchy over the possibility of joining the French club this summer.

The Arsenal legend has coaching experience with Belgium's national team and has previously managed Monaco and Montreal Impact.

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Thierry Henry was expected to join PSG in an effort to appease Kylian Mbappe. Image: Jean Catuffe.
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It is believed having the 45-year-old join the PSG coaching team would have been an effort to appease star striker, Kylian Mbappe, with whom he has a good relationship.

With Lionel Messi leaving upon the expiry of his contract at the end of the month and Neymar Junior also said to be on the move, keeping the French forward appears to be the Parisians' main goal.

However, the idea of bringing in Henry to appease Mbappe appears to have fallen at the first hurdle, with Foot Mercato reporting the Gunners and Les Bleus legend is not keen on the role.

The French legend reportedly wants to stay in England, where his family currently lives, and is targeting a managerial role rather than a position as an assistant coach.

Although Henry is apparently reluctant to join PSG, the club are understood to be pushing ahead with the appointment of Nagelsmann as their next manager, per Le Parisien.

PSG shows Galtier the door

Christophe Galtier was only in charge for one season, but failure in the UEFA Champions League has once again cost a manager his job.

He was sacked on Tuesday just days after celebrating winning the Ligue 1 title, securing the French top flight prize for the ninth time in 11 seasons. However, being knocked out of the UCL in the Round of 16 by Bayern Munich proved costly.

Nagelsmann was linked with the Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur jobs before the London clubs opted for Mauricio Pochettino and Ange Postecoglou respectively.

The 35-year-old German is known for an extremely intense and demanding coaching style, which has resulted in his departures from both Bayern and RB Leipzig.

PSG future in the balance

Although Messi is leaving and Neymar could yet follow suit, Mbappe looks set to stay put this summer.

The French striker came close to joining Real Madrid last summer before backtracking and signing a bumper new deal, and he will be the undisputed star at the club next season - whoever the manager is.

Henry reveals PSG’s problem

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Henry identifying the problem with PSG as the French giants rounded off a topsy-turvy campaign including elimination from the UCL.

The Parisians also suffered a shock exit from the Coupe de France and laboured in their league title defence, although they ultimately did lift the top flight prize.

Speaking on CBS Sports in March, after PSG exited the UCL, Henry stated there was a rift between the club and its supporters over what the club hoped to achieve.

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