Sergio Busquets has decided to depart from Barcelona.
The Blaugrana captain has informed the club of his plans.
Sergio Busquets has made his final decision. He informed Barcelona that he will leave the club at the end of the season when his contract expires.
The 34-year-old had been debating whether to stay for another year or retire from his Blaugrana career.
The Catalan midfielder stated a few days ago that he would take advantage of the break in LaLiga Santander action provided by last weekend’s Copa del Rey final to consider his future.
He appears to have done so and reached a conclusion.
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Busquets informed club officials of his decision on Tuesday, when Barcelona returned to training. It’s now just a matter of time before an official announcement is made.
One option is to make the announcement right away and claim ownership of the already-breaking news.
However, it may be more appealing to wait until Barcelona wins the league title, which could happen next Sunday against Espanyol.
Barcelona’s remaining home games this season are against Real Sociedad on May 20 and Mallorca two weeks later.
A farewell speech at the latter, the season’s final home game and likely trophy presentation day, could be a fitting way for Busquets to exit.
Busquets has been contemplating his future for some time and will not have made this decision lightly.
He has been with the first team for 15 years and has witnessed times of great success as well as great change for the club over several eras.
Many of those who accompanied him on that journey have already left, and Busquets has been anticipating his departure.
His instinct had always been to leave Barcelona at the end of the season, but it was a big decision.
Barcelona, led by head coach and Busquets’ former midfield partner, Xavi, attempted to persuade him to stay for another year.
The former Spain international is still a key player for the Blaugrana as well as the captain, and his departure will be both a headache and a heartbreak.
However, given the prospect of winning yet another title, the timing is understandable, as Busquets will want to leave on a high note.
He deserves nothing less after everything he has done for the club and Spanish football.