Pinto wants a new challenge this summer
Pinto wants a new challenge this summer.

Barcelona ace tells friend transfer ban won't change exit plan

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Barcelona goalkeeper Pinto has told close friends that he will leave the Camp Nou when his contract expires this summer in search of regular first-team football elsewhere, according to the Daily Mail.

Pinto has been with the Catalan giants for just shy of six seasons, but never managed to nail down a consistent starting spot ahead of Barca stopper Victor Valdes.

Transfer unrest is threatening to disrupt Barca's plans for the next two years after FIFA imposed a transfer ban across the next two seasons, but Pinto looks set to turn down the chance to stay and fight to be number one next year in search of a fresh challenge.

Valdes had already decided to leave on a free transfer this summer when his contract expires and Pinto is ready to follow suit, with the Daily Mail reporting that Spanish newspaper Sport learned last night that the 38-year-old has his heart set on finding a new club.

Barca had lined up a deal for Borussia Monchengladbach stopper Marc Andre ter-Stegen to replace Valdes as a long-term choice in goal, but a halt on transfer activity could put paid to a deal for one of the world's most exciting young stoppers.

La Liga's defending champions are now desperate for Valdes to sign a new contract, despite the Spanish international being on the long-term injury list with a knee injury that looks likely to keep him sidelined for the rest of 2014.

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