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Frank Rijkaard will leave Barcelona at the end of the season, according to a colleague of the Dutch coach.

Jil van Eyle, who works with Rijkaard in a fundraising initiative known as ‘teaming’ said he was looking for a new sponsor in view of Rijkaard’s imminent departure.

“I work for Frank Rijkaard who has given me a lot of time to work on ‘teaming’ but as Frank will be leaving FC Barcelona in a few weeks my work with him will come to an end,” Van Eyle said on his official web page.

“He said he will always support me with his name and image, but logically I will now have to look for another sponsor.”

Barca have had a difficult season and their last chance of winning some silverware disappeared when they lost to Manchester United in the Champions League semi-finals this week.

Spanish reports suggest it is inevitable that Rijkaard will leave in the summer but Barca have made no official comment on his position.

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