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Sergio Busquets announced he was leaving Barcelona on Wednesday after 15 seasons at the club.
He is now expected to join Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia, fueling speculation that Lionel Messi will head the same way this summer.
Busquets, whose contract runs out at the end of the season, had been offered a new deal by Barcelona but signing it would have meant taking a 70 per cent pay cut.
He delayed making a decision because in recent weeks Barcelona have been working to convince La Liga they can afford to re-sign Messi.
Busquets and Messi have an unwritten pact that they will play one more season together before they retire.
Barcelona have confirmed Sergio Busquets will leave when his contract expires this summer
Busquets has won 30 trophies in 15 seasons at Barcelona, including three Champions Leagues
He could be set for a reunion with former Barca team-mate Lionel Messi in Saudi Arabia
Busquets decision to quit Barça, coming just 24 hours after Messi’s father Jorge had to deny a story his son had already signed for Al Hilal, points to the two players reuniting in Saudi Arabia this summer.
Busquets has an offer of around €15m (£13m) a season tax-free to join the club. Al Hilal are also interested in taking Jordi Alba whose Barcelona contract runs out in 2024. Alba had wanted to see out his deal so as not to lose out on the €17m (£15m) he is due to pick up in his final season but that would be easily compensated by the Saudi Arabian club.
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