Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has admitted he was sad to hear that club captain, Carles Puyol, will leave the Spanish giants after almost 20 years.
Puyol, whose career has recently hampered by several injuries, has yesterday announced his departure from Camp Nou at the end of the season.
"I'm sad because Puyol means a lot to us. He’s unique – an example of a really committed player," Bartomeu said.
“I’m happy for the career he has had and the tremendous things he achieved.”
Puyol has so far won a total of 21 titles with Barcelona and confirmed he will give his best to add more trophies before he leaves.
Bartomeu paid gratitude to Puyol’s great achievements and suggested his number five shirt should be withdrawn from the Barcelona squad.
"It was a week ago that he told us he was leaving. He will always have a place here though, he has so much to contribute to young people,” he continued.
“He is an example of maturity, honesty, sacrifice and ambition.
“If this was America, his number would be withdrawn and his shirt would be on show in the highest place in the Camp Nou."
The Barcelona president also confirmed that the Spanish giants are focussing on two transfer targets for the summer – a centre-back replacement for Puyol and a goalkeeper replacement for Valdes.
“There aren’t centre halves of his quality, but we are looking,” Bartomeu added.
“We are looking for a keeper and a central defender.”
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