The pair also played together for Marseille.
Mbia told the London Evening Standard: "When I see him at the training ground, I tell him every time, 'hey Thierry (Henry), how are you?' He appreciates that and tells me he wants to be the same level as him. He prays to God that he can do the same as him.
"He is a very similar player to Thierry. He is fast, he can dribble and score. When he has one opportunity to score, he scores. For a striker that is important. But he also has a name for me too. He calls me [Fernando] Redondo, after the player who played for AC Milan and Real Madrid.
"It is just a small sign of our friendship when we are together at the club but we socialise together, too. We go into the city, we both have Oyster cards and will take the Tube or the bus. That is real life."