Barcelona's sale of Francesc Fabregas to Chelsea was one of the key factors in Andoni Zubizarreta losing his job as director of football at the Nou Camp, according to Spanish sources and relayed by the Daily Star.
After four years with the Catalan giants Zubizarreta was axed from his position on Monday. Since then Spanish newspaper Marca has claimed that the loss of Fabregas played a big part in the decision to sack the director, who consented to letting Jose Mourinho have a player who has gone to become a major hit, for the second time, in the Premier League.
According to Marca: “With Xavi Hernandez's retirement only a matter of time, Barca appeared to have two tailor-made, home-grown candidates in their ranks to take on the maestro's mantle in midfield.
"However, Pep Guardiola poached Thiago Alcantara for Bayern by paying his release clause and Cesc Fabregas returned to London in the summer following Ivan Rakitic's arrival.
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“The very same Rakitic whom Luis Enrique has overlooked in several big games this season."
Zubizarreta has also come under criticism for the transfer embargo sanctioned against Barcelona for breaking player registration rules. The Catalans won't be able to do any business in 2015 thanks to a failure in their appeal hearing, which could end up costing them big if they fall victim to an injury crisis.