Puyol could leave Barca

Agent Ramon Sostres insists he Spanish giants will have to convince Puyol that he will have a key role at the club, before signing an contract extension.

“Puyol’s renewal talks have stopped,” Sostres was quoted as saying by Sport. “It is a very good offer but the player wants to see how things go with the team first.

“Look at what happened last season when Puyol played right, left and in the centre.

“In the semi-final [of the Champions League] against Chelsea he did not play much. He is the only captain that would not play in such an important game.

“The player’s doubts are exclusively to do with the playing side and the financial aspect is of no importance.

“Now he has to think long and hard about his future and decide whether it will be with Barca or with another team. We will have to wait and see.

“Pep [Guardiola] likes him as a player, but in the middle he prefers players who like to play with the ball and it is possible that he prefers [Rafa] Marquez, [Dmytro] Chygrynskiy or [Gerard] Pique.”

The agent added: “The coach knows that Puyol is always ready for whatever he is needed for. We will just have to wait because time can change many things.”