Report - Barcelona star 'has made decision' to leave in the summer

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has decided he wants to leave the Nou Camp according to Marca.

Barcelona icon Carles Puyol will not be staying at the club beyond the end of this season according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

The central defender has struggled to feature at the Nou Camp this season owing to a troublesome knee injury which the paper suggests will force him into looking for a new club if he wants to do anything other than retire ahead of next season.

“Carles Puyol will not be staying on at Barcelona next season. The team captain has already made the decision, aware that his knee has not evolved as he would have liked,” writes Luis Rojo.

The problem Puyol now has is that considering his injury problems this season, it’s unlikely that many top sides around Europe will gamble on him if he can’t play consistently.

His experience and his recent history of success at the Spanish champions means that he is an attractive proposition, but there are plenty of clubs who would prefer to look forward and invest in younger, physically reliable and long term prospects this summer.

The same Marca report suggests that there is some MLS interest in his services, despite potential wage complications, but if that really is his only option then he may opt for retirement.

Puyol is one of those rare examples of someone who could warrant any job at his club immediately after he retires in the same way that Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs have been offered coaching positions at Manchester United.

In Giggs’ case he hasn’t even finished playing yet.

In short, one of Barca’s best defenders is likely to be available at the end of the season but it’s too difficult to realistically predict where he’ll be playing ahead of 2015.

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