Milito heading for Barca exit

Defender could make move to England or Italy

Milito: Heading for exit

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Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola is set to allow defender Gabriel Milito to leave the club in the transfer window.

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It is thought that a move away from Spain on loan to England or Italy is on the card for Milito.

The 30-year-old has endured an injury-hit time with the Catalan giants since a high-profile move from Zaragoza for almost £14million, as well as being second choice to Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol at Camp Nou.

The Argentina international is still regarded as a top class defender, and was chased by Liverpool a number of times before moving to Barca in 2007, and could attract interest from the Merseysiders again.

Guardiola admitted that the decision was not made by the club, but the player himself due to wanting to keep his place in the national team.

Understand

And having played midfielder Sergio Busquets and left-back Eric Abidal in place of Pique and Puyol in their 2-1 win over Levante on Sunday, Guardiola insisted he understood the player's decision.

"There are decisions that I make or the club makes but this one is exclusively his (Milito's)," he said.

"Knowing him, I understand (his wish to leave).

"But I am not upset. It's impossible to be upset with Gaby.

"Believe me, I have been a soccer player and I put myself in his shoes and I understand it."