Retired FC Barcelona captain Carles Puyol to take up new team role

The 36-year-old former defender will replace Andoni Zubizarreta

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Top Spanish football club Barcelona announced on Friday that its recently retired captain Carles Puyol will join as an assistant to the sports management team.

Puyol’s appointment means that “one of the most emblematic captains in club history will be remaining at the club,” fulfilling a wish from many of Barcelona’s officials and players expressed during his goodbye event earlier this month, according to a press release.

The 36-year-old former defender will replace Andoni Zubizarreta, a former goalkeeper who was once the all-time most capped player for the Spanish national team.

“I have always played football and tried to do so as well as possible, and I’ll be doing the same with this,” said Puyol, in response to his new post, which he will take up in September.

“Now I need some time to rest and continue treatment on my knee, but I am really looking forward to it. I am very excited about this new stage of my life.”

For his part, Zubizarreta said: “A couple of years ago we spoke about what would be best for him and I’m sure he’ll come to realize that is what he’ll enjoy the most.”

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