Rafael Márquez leaves Barcelona on free transfer

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta
rafael marquez(Photo: Darz Mol)

rafael marquez

Defender Rafael Marquez will leave Barcelona on a free transfer after the Spanish club opted to release the Mexico captain from his contract.

The 31-year-old had two years remain on his deal with the La Liga champions but the club have chosen to release the centre-back.

“I could have stayed and played less, but that’s not my character,” Márquez said.

“At this moment the coach believes in other players, and I thought it was the adequate moment to go.”

It is understood that the Mexico captain has agreed to join former Barcelona team-mate Thierry Henry in signing for the New York Red Bulls, with the MLS side expected to announce the deal in a press conference on Tuesday.

Marquez scored 12 goals in 242 appearances for Barça after moving to the Catalan club from Monaco in 2004.

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