No Villa contact for Henry - Martinez

Thierry Henry has been linked with the managerial vacancy at Aston Villa, but Roberto Martinez says it has yet to contact the Frenchman.

Thierry Henry, who is currently assistant to Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez.   -  Getty Images

Roberto Martinez would not be surprised if Aston Villa is interested in Thierry Henry, but insists the Championship club is yet to contact his Belgium assistant over the managerial vacancy.

Villa is seeking a new boss after axing Steve Bruce this week a day after he had a cabbage thrown at him from the crowd before the 3-3 draw with Preston North End.

Henry was linked with the Villa post prior to the season and is among the favourites to succeed Bruce, who paid the price for overseeing a run of just one win in 10 matches across all competitions.

However, while accepting that Belgium's run to the World Cup semifinals will have made Henry an attractive proposition, Martinez insists there has not yet been an approach for the former Arsenal forward.

"There is no contact between Aston Villa and Thierry Henry," Martinez said at a news conference.

"But we must understand that such things are not illogical. What happens in Belgian football attracts attention."

Henry left a media job in July in order to fulfil his "long-term ambition to become a football manager".