Barcelona football coach counting on Henry

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FC Barcelona have given up hope of recruiting Franck Ribery from Germany’s Bayern.

Barcelona – FC Barcelona are counting on their French striker Thierry Henry for the upcoming season and have given up hope of recruiting Franck Ribery from German side Bayern Munich, the coach of the Spanish and European champions said Monday.

"The role he will have depends on him. If he is fit, he will play, and frequently," Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola told a news conference regarding Henry as the squad resumed training after a break for the summer holidays.

Asked about the possibility of recruiting Ribery, who is being chased by several clubs including Barcelona's main Spanish league rivals Real Madrid, Guardiola sounded a pessimistic note.

"It seems impossible to me. I think he will not come. First of all because Bayern does not want to let him go. And then because his agent prefers that he go elsewhere," he said.

The 26-year-old Frenchman, a member of the Bayern squad for the past two years, has made it known that he would like to join Real but the German club are reluctant to let him go.

AFP / Expatica

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