He put his decision down to knee injuries that have effected him recently: "After the last operations I didn't get back to where I wanted to be", he explained. "I don't know what I'll do at the end of the season", he added "but in summer I will have a rest".
"In June I'd like to say goodbye to everyone who has been with me for these 19 years. Presidents, directors, coaching staff, journalists, friends, etc. I will answer any questions you have then. Thanks, and see you soon", was the phrase that the Barcelona player finished his statement with.