The Catalan has been one of the key La Masia graduates who has guided the club to success in recent years.
However the player has stunned the club by rejecting the offer to discuss a new deal beyond 2014.
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Since Guus Hiddink arrived at the helm, Chelsea have improved considerably after a tricky start to the campaign.
Newcastle United are staring down the barrel of relegation to the Championship for the second time in the past eight years.