Thursday, 29 June 2017

Barca Angry With Club Legend Puyol As Player He Represents Joins Man City - Report

Barcelona are said to be ‘furious’ with club legend Carles Puyol after losing a highly-rated youngster to Manchester City.
Puyol spent 19 years in the Barcelona system, making 593 appearances for the first team before retiring in 2014.
The Spaniard moved into a new role with the club thereafter, and was appointed as assistant to director of football Andoni Zubizarreta.

He resigned from that role in January 2015 however, and then became a football agent.

Puyol has set up an agency with former Espanyol and Spain midfielder Ivan de la Peña, and this would be the latest player they have sprung from Barcelona after Marc Bartra joined Borussia Dortmund.

And now according to report, Spanish club Barcelona have been left ‘furious’ after one of the players Puyol represents, Eric Garcia, chose to leave the club for English side Manchester City.

Central defender Garcia, 16, will move to England on a three-year deal and will join City's youth team based at the Etihad Campus.
Ed Malyon of The Independent writes:
"Puyol’s decision to work against the best interests of the club that many insiders believed he would one day return to has not gone down well inside the Nou Camp, The Independent understands, and even moreso with another of La Masia’s best prospects – and another Puyol client – Carles Aleña being linked with Tottenham this week."
It represents another blow for Barca, for whom it has proven very costly to lose their academy's best young players.

Cesc Fabregas walked away from La Masia in 2003 for free only to be bought back for €35m eight years later.

Hector Bellerin took the same path as Fabregas, joining Arsenal, and Barcelona's sporting director Robert Fernández is currently trying to negotiate a €45m deal for him to return to Catalunya. 

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