Barcelona have shown a great act of gratitude by continuing to pay the salary of former boss Tito Vilanova, as the Spaniard recovers from cancer treatment.

The 44-year-old had to step down as Barcelona boss earlier this month after he suffered a relapse of his condition. The subsequent treatment Vilanova had to undergo meant he could not carry on his tenure as the boss of the Catalan club.

The former Barcelona manager underwent surgery on Tuesday to try and fight the cancer of the parotid gland in his throat.

There has been much speculation that when Vilanova completes his treatment in New York, he will potentially return to the La Liga club in a position which is less stressful and demanding.

Vilanova's salary of £6.5m a year will be paid on top of new head coach Gerardo Martino's wage bill. The somewhat inexperienced Argentine Martino has succeeded Vilanova after agreeing a two-year deal at the club.

Martino faces a daunting task to emulate the successes of previous managers such as Frank Rijkaard and Pep Guardiola. His lack of experience in European football could prove to be a significant stumbling block in Barcelona's pursuit of a second consecutive La Liga title.

Barcelona vice-president Javier Faus, when talking about Martino, told reporters: "Martino’s signing will be at an added cost, since Tito Vilanova will be with us.

"We are sad to have this situation because of Tito’s disease, but we must accept it."

 

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