Thierry Henry threatens Real Madrid over Olympics veto | Football

Thierry Henry will coach the French football team at the upcoming Paris Olympics (Picture: Getty)

Thierry Henry will do everything within his power to persuade Real Madrid not to prevent their players from competing at the Paris Olympics.

Arsenal legend Henry will coach the French side that will compete for a gold medal at their home Games this summer.

Squads will comprise of players under the age of 23 but coaches will be granted the option to pick three overage stars.

Real boast the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga whom Henry has expressed an interest in selecting, but the Spanish giants are unwilling to release two players who are also likely to represent Les Bleus at Euro 2024.

As the Olympics falls outside the FIFA calendar, clubs are not obliged to release their players but given the unique opportunity this summer’s Olympics presents French players, Henry hopes major clubs will be willing to soften their stance.

Henry’s own position could have ramifications for the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool too, with reports earlier this week claiming the Gunners’ record goalscorer would also like to call upon the services of William Saliba.

‘We know very well that Real Madrid is an institution but once again, one must stay in one place and try to send an email to see if we can have a meeting,’ Henry told RMC.

Eduardo Camavinga could play at the Olympics and Euro 2024 for France (

Eduardo Camavinga could play at the Olympics and Euro 2024 for France (Picture: Getty)

William Saliba could also feature for France at the Olympics

William Saliba could also feature for France at the Olympics (Picture: Getty)

‘If ever there is a meeting, we will try to plead our case. If the no stays as a no, I don’t have the cards in my hand to try and get something.’

Henry’s hopes could depend on the amount of pressure players are willing to apply on their own clubs.

Tchouameni has already expressed his desire to compete but acknowledges Real are likely to have the final say.

‘When Real decided to veto [us going], we can’t really say much,’ saidTchouameni on Thursday.

‘t’s not necessarily a good thing to be in an unstable position with your employer, but we would have liked to have done it,” he added.


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