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Last Updated: Friday, 17 March 2006, 19:18 GMT
Wenger confident Henry will stay
Arsene Wenger and Thierry Henry
Wenger believes Henry will stay beyond the end of this season
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has played down reports that Thierry Henry has already decided to quit the London club for Barcelona in the summer.

Newspaper reports in Spain and England claimed a deal had been done between the Frenchman and the Catalan giants.

But Wenger said: "I don't believe there is any truth in that because I cannot imagine that Thierry would do that."

Wenger remains confident Henry will stay, but admitted: "I do not know what his intention really is."

I cannot stop any noises or transfer rumours
Arsene Wenger

Henry is out of contract with the Gunners at the end of next season and has so far refused to commit to extending his stay in London.

"Do not forget that Thierry is under contract until 2007, so anything agreed without us being involved can only be invented because it cannot be true," said Wenger.

"After that there is a game going on between the Spanish press and English press.

"The Spanish press brings something out that is not true and the English press answers that, and the same on the other side.

"I cannot stop any noises or transfer rumours. I tried for a while and I could not do it, so there are a few solutions.

"Either Thierry extends his contract now or does it at the end of the season, or I do not know what his intention really is to do."

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