Barcelona captain Carles Puyol explained Lionel Messi's absence from Pep Guardiola's farewell media conference. Guardiola announced on Friday he would be leaving Barcelona.

Puyol insisted: "I want to clear up what's been said. When training finished yesterday, we got together and said that the four captains would go.

"Leo wanted to go but on seeing that the captains were going, he took a step back. Then more players appeared by their own volition. Leo is very grateful to the boss, just like all the squad, and if there's a farewell do then we'll all be there, because we'll all 100% behind him".