FC Barcelona have confirmed their retiring captain, Carles Puyol, will be the club’s new assistant to the sports management team.
The 36-year-old will join the team led by sporting director, Andoni Zubizarreta, in September.
“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,” Puyol told the club’s official website.
“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”.
Sporting director, Andoni Zubizaretta, confirmed: “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.
“I am sure I’ll learn a lot from him."
Puyol served as long-time captain for the only club he has played for. He made more than 600 official appearances for the Catalan giants and won 21 major titles.