Thierry Henry Begins New Chapter as Shareholder of Serie B Club Como

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Thierry Henry was revealed on Monday as a brand new shareholder of formidable Italian membership Como, who’re aiming for giant issues after rising from novice soccer to the nation’s second tier.

France icon Henry was introduced by the Serie B membership at a media convention within the lakeside metropolis, alongside CEO and former Chelsea captain Dennis Clever.

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“It is a new chapter in my life,” Henry informed reporters.

“I do know the love for soccer right here… Folks come to go to the city. Folks in France or Spain, they speak concerning the lake or the fantastic thing about the city however now it is time to speak concerning the membership.”

Como, owned by Indonesian tobacco giants Djarum, are focusing on a return to Serie A for the primary time since 2003 after rising from chapter and fourth-tier Serie D in 2017 to Serie B, the place they completed thirteenth final season.

Clever mentioned that Serie A was Como’s “long-term purpose”. The previous England worldwide added that the membership was additionally working to rebuild the youth academy with a view to “compete with AC Milan and Atalanta” in creating younger expertise and making an attempt to get a brand new stadium constructed.

Earlier this month Como signed Henry’s former Arsenal teammate Cesc Fabregas, who joined after a troublesome season at Ligue 1 workforce Monaco for whom he didn’t play a sport after September.

And on Monday they introduced the signing of attacker Patrick Cutrone from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Fabregas additionally grew to become a shareholder on the membership as a part of his deal to hitch Como, whose Giuseppe Sinigaglia stadium — owned by town — has the gorgeous backdrop of one of many world’s most well-known lakes.

He’s anticipated to make his first begin for Como on Monday evening in a Lombardy derby with Brescia.

“A very powerful factor about Cesc is his mind,” mentioned Henry.

“I feel we typically overlook to develop their (participant’s) mind. While you’re quick there, you’ve got received, and that is why he is lasted.”

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Clever refused to disclose any specifics concerning Henry’s position on the membership, nor how a lot Henry had invested with a view to turn into a shareholder. His stake within the membership was “personal”, in accordance with Clever.

“Thierry is a shareholder and that is all I am ready to say,” mentioned Clever.

Requested what his official title or duties had been, Clever mentioned: “We wish to perceive his experiences and his concepts”.

“He is welcome to come back in any time and speak, we’ll hear. You’ll be able to name him an envoy… We’ll speak in-depth about soccer,” Clever added.

Henry mentioned that he “will come as a lot as I can” to Como as a part of his position, relying on his different commitments as a pundit and assistant supervisor with the Belgium nationwide workforce.

Henry received a bunch of trophies throughout a stellar profession at Arsenal and Barcelona and was a part of the France aspect alongside the likes of Zinedine Zidane which received the 1998 World Cup.

He retired as a participant in 2015 after which coached Monaco and Montreal earlier than changing into a tv pundit.

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