Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi says he is pleased to welcome Thierry Henry to the Nou Camp.
The Arsenal striker is moving to Spain in a £16 million deal after agreeing a four-year contract.
“Henry is huge, for that reason he comes to Barca,” Messi told El Mundo Deportivo.
“A footballer of his quality, with what he has won and almost 30 years old, does not take the risk of going to a team that is not at its peak.
“Titi has demonstrated over the years that he is a great player. Cesc (Fabregas) always says that Titi is fantastic in training and is even better off the pitch as a friend and a leader.”
Questions are being asked about where Henry will fit into a forward line already containing Messi, Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto’o.
“To me, the presence of Henry does not worry me, I am no longer a boy and I know my possibilities,” insisted Messi.
“I do not know how we will play, that is an aspect that (manager Frank) Rijkaard must solve.
“But Henry’s signing is because Frank will know how to make it work so that we are stronger.”