The veteran defender is set to depart Camp Nou a season early, with a move to Portugal on the cards for the former France international

Jeremy Mathieu will be released by Barcelona in the coming days, despite having a year left on his contract, Goal can confirm.

The veteran defender, who will turn 34 in October, played only 16 matches for the Camp Nou side last season in all competitions, mustering a single goal. 

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Injuries hampered his campaign, with muscular, ankle and Achilles problems reducing his game time and meaning that he started only twice since picking up a knock against Atletico Madrid in a 2-1 February win.

Reports from Radio Kanal Barcelona suggest that Mathieu’s contract will be terminated in the coming hours, freeing up €2.4 million of wages.

Mathieu has spent the last two seasons at Barcelona, having previously spent five years at Valencia and the four prior to that in his homeland with Toulouse, after graduating through the Sochaux youth system.  

It is expected that the former France international defender will join Sporting CP on a free transfer. 

Over the course of his career, he has won the Champions League, two Liga crowns and the Copa del Rey on three occasions.