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Bordeaux president Martin insists no Henry betrayal after Belgium return

Bordeaux president Stephane Martin has again spoken of rejection by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

Henry turned down the manager's job at Bordeaux last weekend ahead of being named new assistant coach to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez.

Martin considered: "We did everything we could, there are no regrets. We wish him the best with Belgium. We had a very good contact with him. He is someone who will succeed as a coach. In any case, I wish him well, and I am convinced. We must quickly move on.

"Of course it's a disappointment, it's clear, we're not going to lie to each other. Was it a cut across the throat? Not because we did everything we could. We went to the end of discussions, exchanges. I think his decision was made on sporting criteria. It's also linked to the uncertainty of the club. It is true that it is not easy to start a career when you do not know too much, that there is instability.

"It has the requirement of a player who has been among the best in the world and who has the ambition to make a great coaching career. He wanted to be sure where he was going. He considered our proposal with interest."

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