Mathieu joins Sporting after Barcelona contract is terminated

Monday 10th July , 2017 3:15 pm

French defender Jeremy Mathieu has had his Barcelona contract terminated and joined Sporting Lisbon on a two-year deal.

The 33-year-old centre-back leaves the Nou Camp after three seasons, in which he made 91 appearances and scored four goals, and has agreed a deal with the Portuguese club which includes a €60m release clause.

Mathieu was one of Luis Enrique’s first signings after he became Barcelona manager in the summer of 2014, arriving on a £19m transfer from Valencia.

In his time with the club, the Frenchman won nine three Copa del Rey titles, two La Liga championships, a Champions League, a Club World Cup, a European Super Cup and a Spanish Super Cup.

A club statement said: “FC Barcelona wishes the player the best of luck and success in his next professional step.”

In the current transfer window, Barcelona have signed Gerard Deulofeu from Everton on a two-year deal and have made a bid to purchase Paulinho from Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.

Source: Sky Sports