Marquez confirms he will leave Barcelona for New York Red Bull

Rafael Marquez has confirmed he will leave Spanish giants Barcelona to join MLS club New York Red Bull.

The 31-year old Mexico international has been the subject of heavy speculation linking him with the New York franchise with reports suggesting he is to be unveiled as their latest signing on Friday.

Marquez’s official website, rafaelmarquez.com, indicated that the move was a certainty.

‘The die is cast. Rafael Marquez is about to abandon the discipline of FC Barcelona after seven years performing at a high level. He expected the New York Red Bulls,’ read the Spanish to English translation.

‘There will be reunited with his friend Thierry Henry, and his 31 years may face the final stretch of his career playing with the security of all parties, something that Guardiola was not able to guarantee at FC Barcelona. Marquez will be renewed despite a few months ago for two years with FC Barcelona. His contract with Barcelona until 2012 became effective, but Sandro Rosell has sought to reward their performance during these seven years was given the charter of liberty.

‘Rafael Marquez arrived seven years ago, in 2003-04L season, FC Barcelona from Monaco for 5 million euros. Since then he has won two European Cups, four league titles, one Copa del Rey, Spain three Super Cups, one European Super Cup and World Club and has shown more than enough of his professionalism and his great qualities as a defender who plays thinking attack. Hard and strong back and good dominating the game from the back, Marquez has left its mark during his stay at FC Barcelona.

“Marquez has seven years here and it is your decision. If you want to be, would be delighted, but if persistent, I can not guarantee the participation they want. You can leave the club, “Guardiola said recently, referring to the master Mexican. Rafa, who is to lead the Mexican national team in World Cup, got the message and opted for the offer of New York, as if he had stayed in Europe claimed the club had 5 million by way of transfer. Juventus of Turin and Genoa were interested in him.

‘Marquez Barca agree. Marquez is going to New York Red Bulls, along with Henry, and fans should start getting used to a ship without the charismatic leader of Mexico.’