Thierry Henry to earn £4million a year working for Sky Sports

Former Arsenal striker has signed a six-year deal with the channel

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Thierry Henry will become the most highly paid football pundit on television when he joins Sky at the start of 2015.

The former Arsenal and Barcelona striker, who retired on Tuesday, will be paid £4million a year, according to the Daily Mail, a figure that will eclipse the reported £1.2m a year that Gary Neville earns  the channel.

Henry will also still work the BBC at major tournaments but is not allowed to work for rivals BT Sport, who were also interested in signing him. The Frenchman has shelved plans to move into coaching and management for the time being by signing a six-year deal with the channel.

He told the Daily Telegraph that he plans to take his coaching badges, likely with the support of Arsenal, and thought it would be "a dream" to work at the club, he wants to do it on merit.

"You have to prove yourself first, you have to learn first," he said. "You need to be able to understand what it is to be a manager.

"Can you teach, can you be patient? All these problems. People think they are all managers in their own way, but it’s not that easy."