Barcelona sports director Txiki Begiristain has ruled out handing midfielder Thiago Motta a free transfer.

Motta is out of coach Frank Rijkaard's plans for the new season, but the Brazilian will not be gifted a free transfer, says Begiristain.

"We will not leave him free to go where he wants," explained Begiristain.

"He is a player who has a certain worth on the market and also grew up in our youth system. He's not happy? Tough, that doesn't change matters as far as we are concerned."