Former Barcelona club captain Carles Puyol has rejected the club’s offer to make him their general manager, he has confirmed.
Now aged 41, Puyol retired in 2014 having made 593 first-team appearances for the Catalan giants and winning 100 caps for the Spanish national team.
The position at the club was vacant after Pep Segura was relieved of his duties this summer, with the former central defender high on the club’s priority list.
Puyol’s former teammates Patrick Kluivert and Eric Abidal – Director of Youth Football and Sporting Director respectively – already hold prominent roles at the club.
“After long consideration I decided not to accept the club's offer,” Puyol explained on his Twitter account.
“It was not an easy decision, I always said I would like to return to the place where I consider to be my home, but various personal projects I find myself heavily involved in at the moment would stop me from giving the complete dedication this role deserves.”
Puyol was a rock at the heart of the Catalan club’s defence over 15 seasons.