Henry reveals Beckham influence

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Thierry Henry has revealed David Beckham played a guiding role in his transatlantic switch to the New York Red Bulls.

Henry moved to Major League Soccer last week from Barcelona, but not before taking advice from the former England captain who also traded Spain for the US when he left Real Madrid for the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007.

"I did approach David on my move," Henry revealed.

"He never said anything negative to me about the MLS and told me he enjoys everything in the game here.

"I respect Becks. He has been a great guy to me. He encouraged me to play here."

Meanwhile, Henry admits he has sympathy for Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas amid the ongoing speculation linking the Spaniard with a transfer to Barcelona.

Henry made the move from the Emirates to the Nou Camp in 2007 and believes Fabregas will have mixed feelings over a possible return to his homeland.

"You never actually leave Arsenal and it is hard to explain the bond I had with the fans and everyone at the club. I still get goose bumps when I go back," said Henry.

"Cesc has a similar bond and that is the dilemma he has.

"As a fan you don't want him to leave but you can understand a guy that wants to go back home."