Puyol had played 593 games for Barcelona from 1998, but had already announced his decision to depart the Camp Nou due to a knee injury.
“I want to thank FC Barcelona for all that it has given me before and for this chance that has arisen now. I will try to the very best I can, and especially to learn a lot," said Puyol on the club's official website.
“I have always played football and tried to do so as well as possible, and I’ll be doing the same with this”.
“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”.
In welcoming Puyol into his new role, Zubizarreta said: “Puyol is joining the Football Department and we will be seeking to exploit and learn from all of his experience. We also want people to realise how much he knows”.
“He will be an assistant to the sports management, so he’ll be working with me on club projects, both internally and externally”.
“We’ll be working in more external areas like marketing and finance, and in the technical secretary area”.
“I am sure I’ll learn a lot from him”.
“We’ll have him close to all the teams, it’s a unique opportunity”.
“A couple of years ago we spoke about what would be best for him and I’m sure he’ll come to realise that is what he’ll enjoy the most”.
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