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Sylvinho Released By Barcelona

Sylvinho has been told that his contract at Barcelona will not be renewed and he will leave the club on June 30 after five seasons at Camp Nou.

The Brazilian full-back starred in the Champions League final last month, but already knew that he would not be offered a new deal and that he could start looking for a new club.

Espanyol have registered their interest and that could prove to be an attractive option for Sylvinho, who would not have to leave Barcelona or move house.

A return to England has not been ruled out either, while Gordon Strachan had mooted the idea of taking him to Celtic before he stepped down as the Scottish club's manager.

During a stunning stay at Barcelona, Sylvinho helped the Catalan club to win a huge array of silverware that had eluded them in the season before he joined from Celta Vigo.

Two Champions League wins, three league titles, the Copa del Rey and two Spanish Super Cup triumphs were all claimed by the defender who previously played for Corinthians and Arsenal.

In an emotional finish to his career with Barcelona, Sylvinho played against Manchester United after Eric Abidal was suspended, having been sent off in the semi-final against Chelsea.

Lucas Brown, Goal.com