Barcelona have a new contract on the table for Carles Puyol, but he is having second thoughts about accepting it.
The 31-year-old's current deal expires at the end of this season, and the Blaugrana are prepared to offer him two more years.
However, according to Sport, the Barca captain has concerns over his long-term future as a starter at the Camp Nou and believes that he may have fallen behind Gerard Pique and Rafael Marquez in the pecking order.
Puyol was left on the bench for the Champions League semi-final against Chelsea last season (although he was on a yellow card), and he is wondering how much of a part he would have played in the rest of the season had Marquez not picked up a serious injury in that game.
In addition, Barca have focussed their attentions this summer on signing a centre-back, furthering his belief that they are preparing for his departure. While Puyol remains loyal to the club, his first priority when choosing a new deal will be playing time.
However, no decision is expected to be made until the end of the season, when Puyol will re-evaluate his role at Barcelona.
Arjun Miglani, Goal.com