BARCELONA, Spain - Barcelona says it has reached an agreement with Alexander Hleb to release the Belarus midfielder from his contract.

The former Arsenal player had been under contract with the Spanish and European champions until the end of the season.

Hleb made 35 appearances for Barcelona during the 2008-09 season when the Catalans won a treble of Spanish league, Champions League and Copa del Rey trophies. But he never fit into coach Pep Guardiola's plans after that, with the Belarusian subsequently loaned out to Stuttgart, Birmingham and Wolfsburg.

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