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OFFICIAL: Rafael Marquez And Barcelona Reach Agreement To Terminate Contract

Rafa Marquez has severed all ties with Barcelona after rescinding his contract, the club said in a statement on Saturday.

The Mexican, who was outstanding for his side at the World Cup, was widely tipped to leave the Camp Nou after seven seasons.

And despite having two years left to run on his deal, both player and club decided it was best to terminate the rapport early.

A statement on the club's official website reads:

"FC Barcelona and Rafa Marquez have reached a mutual agreement to rescind the player’s contract, which was due to run until 30th June 2012.

A farewell ceremony will be held in the Camp Nou this Saturday at 6 pm. Club president Sandro Rosell will represent Barca and the event will be broadcast live by Barca TV."

Marquez leaves the club following a rich career in which he won a number of major honours including four league titles, two Champions Leagues, the Club World Cup, the European Super Cup, the Spanish Cup and three Spanish Super Cups.

He has been linked with the New York Red Bulls, a club that his former Blaugrana team-mate Thierry Henry recently joined, as well as Juventus, although the Italians recently denied they were planning to move for him. 

"I completely deny to have made a move for Marquez," Giuseppe Marotta told Sky Sport Italia on Wednesday.