Barcos say he wants to stay with Palmeiras

Argentina striker Hernan Barcos says he intends to stay with
Palmeiras in 2013 despite the team’s relegation in the Brazilian
league.

Barcos said Wednesday ”only a huge offer” from another club
would force him out of Palmeiras next season. The Brazilian team
says the buyout clause on his contract is ?20 million.

Barcos led Palmeiras in scoring with 28 goals in 2012, becoming
one of the few players who escaped criticism from fans after the
team was relegated.

Barcos had expressed concerns about staying with Palmeiras in
the second division because his goal is to play the World Cup with
Argentina. He has been constantly summoned to his country’s
national team.

Despite relegation, Palmeiras will play in next year’s Copa
Libertadores because it won the 2012 Brazilian Cup.