Carles Puyol is in talks to become the new sporting director at Barcelona

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When you think of Barcelona, an avalanche of great names immediately spring to mind.

The Spanish mega-club has been at the pinnacle of the game for decades and is one of the biggest football clubs on the planet.

Going forward, the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andre Iniesta and Samuel Eto’o have always grabbed the headlines, but as far as defensive heroes go, you simply can’t look any further than Carles Puyol.

The lion-hearted (and haired) centre back was the beating heart of the Barca backline for an age, making 593 appearances in all competitions for the Catalans.

He won six La Liga titles and three Champions League’s while at the Camp Nou and was part of an absolutely unstoppable Spanish side that won the 2008 Euro’s and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Puyol was a cult hero in Catalonia and so you can imagine that the news of his potential new role at the club will go down well among fans.

According to Spanish media outlet Marca, the 41-year-old is in talks with the club and could be appointed the new sporting director within the next few weeks.

It will see the former skipper take up a role alongside Eric Abidal and Ramon Planes.

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Speaking on the negotiations, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu was hopeful of concluding a deal soon.

“We’re discussing his return to the club,” Josep Maria Bartomeu told Barca TV about Puyol’s job prospects.

Let’s hope we can reach an agreement because he knows a lot about football and organisation.

“He’s been out of work and preparing himself more.

“I would like Carles Puyol to come back.

“I want to fill the vacant sporting manager’s job, even though it’s not an emergency right now.”

Having Puyol back at Barca just makes sense.

The defender was part of the very fabric of the club during his playing days and will be a smashing appointment as the sporting director too.

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