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Rafael Márquez ready to manage Barcelona's youth team

The former Mexican international is ready to return to the Camp Nou, but to manage Barcelona’s Juvenil A (under-19s) this summer.

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Rafael Márquez ready to manage Barcelona's youth team

Rafael Márquez is ready to return to the Camp Nou and will replace Sergi Mila as the manager of FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A side (under-19s). The former Mexican international will start working in July to prepare the team for the UEFA Youth League.

Márquez made his mark at Barcelona during spell as player

Márquez won 12 trophies when he played for FC Barcelona between 2003 to 2010. The defender made history with the Catalan side, because he became the first Mexican player to win the Champions League after Barça defeated Arsenal in the 2006 final.

A month ago he arrived at Barcelona to meet with the bosses regarding the managerial job for the youth academy. Márquez met with president Joan Laporta and both sides agreed on the deal and the petitions made by the Mexican manager.

There is a good relationship with Joan Laporta. The reason why I supported him in his candidacy was because of that good friendship. Barcelona believed in me when they signed me in 2003 and there is a very good relationship. After he won Barcelona’s elections, I was invited to return to the youth system,” he said back in early May.