Saviola Announces Barça Departure

Javier Saviola has announced that he will leave FC Barcelona this summer, but will not announce where he will go until the end of the Spanish league season.
The Argentinian striker has been linked with a move to several clubs, including Liverpool, Valencia, Real Zaragoza and Real Madrid, and is set to study all the offers that he has.

After enjoying a fruitful first three seasons at the club, Saviola's time at Camp Nou turned sour in 2004 when Frank Rijkaard decided he was no longer part of his plans.

Having opted to return from two years out on loan last summer to stay at Camp Nou for the final year of his current contract, the 25-year-old is preparing to leave the club.

"I consider that my career at Barcelona is finished, but I am trying to go out in the best possible manner," he said.

"Barça is no longer my first choice.

"My relationship with the club is not the same as it was two years ago. Things with the board have never been clear."

Barça promised that they would make Saviola the offer of a new deal, but when it arrived the basic salary was considerably less than his exiring contract.

That sent a clear signal that he was not wanted and despite having said that he would consider the proposal, it is quite clear that he was not impressed.

"In June I will be a free agent and then, at the end of the season, I will give Barça an answer on their offer," Saviola explained.

"If I leave, I will not go holding any grudges.

"I have to listen to the European clubs that have shown an interest in me.

"There are several offers on the table. I perfer not to speak about individual clubs or which country until a deal has been made.

"It will probably all be resolved before the start of the Copa América, because I want to play in that feeling calm about my future."