Thierry Henry joins former Arsenal team-mate Cesc Fabregas in becoming part-owner of ambitious Serie B outfit Como – and says he’s raring to go with the ‘perfect opportunity’
- Thierry Henry has been announced as a minority stakeholder with Como 1907
- The Arsenal legend joins former team-mate Cesc Fabregas in investing in club
- The 45-year-old had previously thrown support behind an Arsenal takeover bid
Thierry Henry has become the latest big name to join forces with Serie B side Como after joining the club as a minority stakeholder.
The Arsenal legend has been a constant presence in the world of football since hanging up his boots in 2014, having managed both Montreal Impact and Monaco, as well as acting as Roberto Martinez’s No 2 with Belgium, a role he still holds.
He has worked as a pundit for Sky Sports in the UK and Amazon Prime in France and was most recently a vocal supporter of Spotify owner Daniel Ek’s attempts to buy Arsenal from current owner Stan Kroenke.
Thierry Henry has described his deal to invest in Serie B side Como as the ‘perfect opportunity’
Como have been drawing attention this summer following the signing of Cesc Fabregas on a free transfer following the end of his contract in Monaco.
The former Spain international has also become a part-owner at the ambitious Lomabrdy outfit, and the addition of his former Gunners team-mate in an off-field capacity is another sizeable capture for owners the Djarum Group.
Speaking on the announcement, Henry said: ‘I have been waiting to get involved in a project like Como for a long time. A club with ambition but most importantly one that holds the same values as me – that the club and its local community both need to thrive.
The announcement sees Henry join former team-mate Cesc Fabregas as a part owner in Italy
‘When I spoke to the team here and they told me about the community initiatives already in place and the ambition to ensure that as the club prospers so does the community, I knew this was the perfect opportunity for me.’
The move will see Henry, who has experience of Italian football following his time at Juventus, work with former Chelsea icon Dennis Wise at the Stadio Giuseppe Sinigaglia.
Wise, Como’s CEO, said: ‘It gives us great pleasure to introduce Thierry Henry. After explaining our vision of where we want to be as a club being part of the community and our ambition to get to Serie A.’
Henry is joining a growing trend of former professionals looking to involve themselves in the running of clubs.
Dennis Wise, the club’s CEO, has welcomed Henry’s backing to the ambitious Lombardy outfit
Members of Manchester United’s ‘Class of ’92’ joined forces to invest in Salford City in 2014, while Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has part-ownership in League One outfit Forest Green Rovers.
Meanwhile, the second tier outfit have also announced the signing Wolves attacker Patrick Cutrone on a three-year deal.
The Italy international, who was born in Como, moved to Molineux for £16m in 2019 but has spent the last three seasons on loan at Fiorentina, Valencia and Empoli.
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