Barca deny Martino exit claims

Martino: Focussed on the job

Barcelona have denied that manager Gerardo Martino has said that he will leave the club at the end of the current campaign.

Martino only joined the club during the off-season after Tito Vilanova resigned from his post as manager in July.

But, news emerged from Spain on Monday evening that the Argentine tactician had informed sporting director Andoni Zubizaretta and President Josep Maria Bartomeu that he wanted out of his two-year deal when the seasom comes to an end.

There was also speculation that Martino would take up the head coach role of the Argentina national side after the World Cup.

However, a Barcelona spokesman denied that this was the case at a press conference regarding the redevelopment of the Camp Nou.

"We categorically deny that Tata or his coaching staff have announced an intention to leave the club," vice president of communications Manel Arroyo said.

"We've talked to him and he's focused on the objectives of the team and the planning for the challenges of next season.

Arroyo did confirm, though, that the 51-year-old does have a clause that would allow him to leave if he wanted to.

"There is a clause in Martino's contract that allows either side to break the contract."

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