Barcelona reportedly made contact with Roberto Martinez about taking over from Ronald Koeman and he would want to bring Thierry Henry with him.

Belgium's assistant coach Thierry Henry and Belgium s Christian Benteke pictured during a training session of the Belgian national soccer team Red Devils, in Tubize, Wednesday 09 June 2021. The team is preparing for the upcoming Euro 2020 European Championship, EM, Europameisterschaft BRUNO FAHY
Belgium’s assistant coach Thierry Henry and Belgium s Christian Benteke pictured during a training session of the Belgian national soccer team Red Devils, in Tubize, Wednesday 09 June 2021. The team is preparing for the upcoming Euro 2020 European Championship, EM, Europameisterschaft BRUNO FAHY

At the end of August it was confirmed that Thierry Henry had joined up with the Belgium coaching staff on a permanent basis on a contract that runs until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Working under Martinez, Henry seems content to learn his trade under the Spaniard.

Should Martinez go to Barcelona, however, Henry could find himself with a choice to make.

There is every chance that Belgium could turn to Henry to guide them, although his lack of experience might be a concern.

What price, however, learning at Barcelona, even given what is going on at the club at present?

At the minute it’s all mostly speculation, although Goal confirm that first contact between Barcelona and Martinez has taken place and the former Swansea, Wigan and Everton manager, is keen.

They even go so far as to say that Martinez has already informed the Belgium FA that he intends to take the Barcelona job, if it is offered.

Barcelona would be required to pay Belgium €1.5m in compensation to get Martinez out of his contract, a reasonable figure, but Goal note, “whether Barca could afford Martinez’s backroom staff, including assistant manager Thierry Henry, remains to be seen.”

Goal also write, “Barcelona hold Martinez in high enough regard that they are willing to wait until after the Nations League, with Belgium facing France on October 7, and then playing in either the final or third place play-off on October 10.”

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