Henry: "Xavi should spend the rest of his life at Barcelona"
"Xavi can play in the MLS, in France, England, or in my neighbourhood. I think he's an incredible player. People just don't realise what Xavi has done on the pitch."
Former Barcelona player Thierry Henry has insisted that Xavi Hernández should remain at the Catalan club until the day he retires from football.
Speculation has been growing that the midfielder is set to join Henry at New York Red Bulls, but the Frenchman said: "Xavi can do whatever he wants. For me, given everything he has done for football and Barcelona, he should stay there and spend the rest of his life at Barça."
Speaking at a public relations act in Barcelona on Friday, the striker added: "Xavi can play in the MLS, in France, England, or in my neighbourhood. I think he's an incredible player. People just don't realise what Xavi has done on the pitch."
Henry, who played for Monaco, Juventus and Arsenal before joining Barça in the summer of 2007, also spoke about Cristiano Ronaldo winning the Ballon d'Or.
"In France everyone wanted Ribery to win it. I thought eh was going to win it because he played very well last year and won almost everything. I have to admit that he was my preferred choice. I wanted him to win it as much as I wanted Messi to win it four years ago."
And he said he saw little reason to doubt the current Barcelona team, under the stewardship of Gerardo Martino.
"From my sofa, the team are looking very good. Barça are such a strong team that whenever they play, the other team always sits back and waits for them to come at them. I don't think that's a bad thing."