Barcelona skipper Puyol calls press conference amid exit rumors

Speculation is rife that the veteran is set to make a dramatic announcement about his future with either the Blaugrana or Spain.
Carles Puyol has called a press conference for Tuesday afternoon amid rumors that he could leave Barcelona this summer.

A number of recent reports have claimed that the experienced defender is contemplating either retiring from professional football at the end of the season - or leaving for an MLS club come June.

Puyol has so far been reluctant to discuss his plans for the future, but he could now make an announcement on his long-term plans.

The 35-year-old has made nearly 600 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona since making his official first-team debut in 1999-2000, but he has made only five La Liga appearances so far in 2013-14 because of a succession of injuries.

Meanwhile, other sources suggest that the center back could announce his retirement from international football in order to focus on Barcelona.

He has represented Spain 100 times at senior level and was part of the team that won the European title in 2008 before being crowned world champion in 2010.

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