BARCELONA

Puyol turns down Barcelona sporting director role

The former Barcelona captain announced on Twitter that he would be not taking the job offered to him by club president Josep Bartomeu.

Puyol turns down Barcelona sporting director role
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Carles Puyol has turned down an offer from Barcelona’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu to become the club’s new sporting director.

The Barcelona legend, who won three champions league titles with the Blaugrana in 2006, 2009 and 2011, released an official statement on Twitter to break the news to Barcelona fans that he would be not taking the job.

Puyol statement on Barcelona rejection

“In recent weeks, several news stories about my possible incorporation at FC Barcelona as a sports director have been published. As such, I feel obligated to communicate to the whole culé family that, after weighing it up a lot, I have decided not to accept the club's offer,” wrote Puyol.

“It has not been an easy decision, since I have always said that I would like to return to what I consider my home. But various personal projects in which I am immersed would prevent me, at this time, from giving the exclusive dedication that the position deserves. I would like to thank the club for the trust placed in me by offering me this position of so much responsibility.”

Bartomeu, who has been looking for a new sporting director since the Pep Segura resigned in July, had recently claimed that he was optimistic that Puyol would take up the position. But after the former Barcelona captain’s rejection, the search will continue for the Camp Nou board.