Portuguese international midfielder Deco handed Spanish giants Barcelona another bombshell on Thursday by announcing he will not be with the club next season, Spanish media reported.
Deco, under contract at the Nou Camp until 2010, claimed that Barca chiefs had given him the green light to find another club.
“I will go to an English or an Italian club. But not Spain because the only club at the same level as Barcelona is Real Madrid and I will never go to Real,” said Deco.
Barcelona have endured a troubled season where they will finish third in La Liga at best behind champions Real and Villarreal following the final round of matches this weekend.
Coach Frank Rijkaard has called it quits to be replaced by former player Josep Guardiola while players Ronaldinho, Edmilson, Lilian Thuram and Gianluca Zambrotta have all been tipped to be heading for the exit door this summer.
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