Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola confirmed to his players on Friday his intention to leave the European soccer giant at the end of the season.

The 41-year-old departs after delivering an unprecedented level of success at the Camp Nou, including guiding the Catalan club to two UEFA Champions League titles and three Spanish league titles in his four seasons in charge.

But his exit, which he will announce publically at a news conference later Friday, comes at the end of a week that saw the club's quest to retain both trophies fall apart.

Barcelona crashed out of Europe to 10-man Chelsea on Tuesday, three days after the home league defeat to archrival Real Madrid that effectively surrendered the league.

In the wake of the UEFA Champions League exit, Guardiola promised to tell Barca president Sandro Rossell whether he would sign on for a fifth season over the next few days, with the club desperate for him to stay.

He met again with Rossell and his players Friday morning to confirm he will be leaving in the summer, Sky Sports reported. Guardiola was expected to take at least a year's sabbatical before taking up a new job.

But there will be huge interest from across Europe in the reigning FIFA coach of the year, who has won 175 of his 242 games in charge at Barca, while averaging more than three goals a game.

Under his watch, the club also won a Spanish league cup, three Spanish Super Cups, two European Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups.

Guardiola stands to add another Spanish league cup before signing off at the end of the season, with Barcelona taking on Athletic Bilbao in the May 25 final.

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