The 24-year-old Brazilian has been linked with moves to both Real Zaragoza and European champions Milan, though Motta regards the fact he is now known as being for sale as a disadvantage in contract negotiations.

"I am surprised that Txiki has said publicly that they do not want me," he said.

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"That only obstructs my ability to negotiate with other clubs. Milan and Zaragoza are great clubs and it is obvious that I cannot discard either.

"I have come to the conclusion, however, that I want to be given a free transfer to allow me to search for a new club.

"At the moment I have talked with Barça once and there has been no news and I have to resolve things with Txiki and then I can talk to other clubs."