Tottenham's Irish forward Robbie Keane does not hold a grudge against Thierry Henry ahead of NY clash
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Tottenham prepare to face Henry on Thursday

English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur are in town getting ready to kick off their US tour against the Earthquakes on Saturday (4 p.m. ET, ESPN & ESPN Deportes).

Following their California stop, it will be on to the opposite coast for a highly anticipated match on July 22 when the UEFA Champions League qualifiers face Thierry Henry in his Red Bulls debut at Red Bull Arena.

“[He’s a] fantastic player,” said Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp of Henry on Thursday. “Absolutely one of the greatest players to grace the Premier League and a great guy as well.

“I think he’ll be a big asset to [MLS]. He’s a class guy and fantastic footballer,” continued Redknapp, who was a midfielder for the Seattle Sounders during the NASL years. “He’s an amazing signing. He could’ve gone back to England and played in the Premier League easily, but I think he preferred to come [to the US], so he’s a big signing.”

One player you would imagine to feel some resentment towards “Titi” is Robbie Keane. The popular Irish striker has been a Spur throughout most of Henry’s career at Arsenal, Tottenham’s fiercest rivals.

Most importantly, the longtime Ireland captain led his team onto the pitch at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis that witnessed the “Hand of Gaul,” the play in which Henry handled a cross inside the 6-yard box and gave William Gallas the pass for the winning goal to send France to the 2010 World Cup.

“Finished,” said Ireland’s top scorer of that game. "Gone. [It’s in] the past."

However, he had nothing except good things to say about his former rival.

“[Henry] is obviously a tremendous player,” Keane said. “He was brilliant in the Premiership for Arsenal and scored a lot of goals. He’s a big player and I’m sure he’ll do OK [in MLS].”

Italian goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini, who may be starting in goal against Henry, echoed the comments of his manager and striker.

“I’m sure he’s going to have a great impact on MLS,” Cudicini said. “He’s been a fantastic player in England, Spain and [for the French] National Team. He’s won many trophies and has great experience. It’s going to be good for the kids, as well, to see him as a guy who can teach a lot of things … I think he’s going to be a great ambassador.”

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