José Manuel Pinto reportedly tells teammates he’ll leave Barça at the end of the season
According to Barcelona-based Spanish sports daily, Sport, Pinto and Barcelona sporting director both reached the decision several weeks ago, but have remained coy on the 38-year-old’s future while they were in the midst of several competitions.
Pinto, who joined Barcelona in January 2008 on loan before making a permanent move that following summer, will end his six-year run at the club, along with starting goalkeeper, Victor Valdes.
With the departure of both Valdes and Pinto, Barcelona will be unable to sign a replacement due to the one-year FIFA transfer ban, leaving 24-year-old La Masia graduate, Oier Olazábal as the starter.
However, Barcelona are hoping to win their appeal against FIFA’s decision, allowing them to sign Borussia Monchengladback goalkeeper, Marc Andre Ter Stegen.