Exclusive – Mourinho reveals he was ‘inches away’ from signing Arsenal legend Henry

first_imgJose Mourinho has told talkSPORT he came close to signing Thierry Henry during his time alongside Sir Bobby Robson at Barcelona.Reacting to news of the Arsenal legend’s retirement when he joined The Sports Bar on Tuesday night, the Chelsea manager revealed Henry was an ‘inch’ away from moving to the Nou Camp from Monaco in 1999.Henry instead joined Juventus before going on to enjoy a memorable eight-year spell at Arsenal, where he became their record goalscorer and earned legendary status.“When I was an assistant in Barcelona with Mr (Bobby) Robson in 1996 (we tried to sign him). He was in Monaco and he went to Juventus, we lost him by an inch,” Mourinho said.“After that he was not on my radar because it was never a possibility to come to my teams. Could you imagine in that moment leaving Arsenal to come to Chelsea? I wouldn’t imagine that.“He’s the kind of player that you need forever, especially in the Premier League where he was more than any other place.“He was okay in Barcelona and the (France) national team, but the real Thierry Henry, the player that we are all going to miss forever, is the one that made unbelievable seasons and incredible history in the Premier League.”last_img

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