Barcelona captain Carles Puyol is thought to be weighing up his future, after struggling from a series of injuries, which could lead him to consider either retirement, or a move to play in a different competition.
Although Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has often stated his desire to keep playing at the highest level until the age of 40, according to Catalan sports portal Mundo Deportivo, the 35-year-old is now seriously weighing up his options, following a series of injury and fitness problems.
Latest Spanish football tips surrounding the veteran player are suggesting that amongst his closest circle of friends and team-mates, Puyol has been discussing his thoughts about his future, should his physical condition and suitability to continue playing at the very highest level, prove difficult over the coming months.
As such, it is believed that his primary decisions will be to consider whether or not to carry on at Barcelona, whilst also weighing up whether to carry on elsewhere, or retire from the game.
There are suggestions that if his does continue playing elsewhere, one influential factor will take into consideration that his partner Vanesa Lorenso, currently expecting a child, has a property in New York and that has fuelled speculation that Puyol may consider a move to the United States, to see out what remains of his playing career in the MLS.
The knee problems over the last year have been the biggest problem for Puyol and whilst he’s always shown a great determination to battle through the injuries, he also seems conscious of the ever lengthening recovery times needed, following injuries.
The coming months could be decisive as to whether Puyol will remain at Barcelona beyond the end of the season and there is no doubt, whatever decision he reaches, it will be the toughest of his lengthy career.