Bartomeu sad at Puyol's farewell / PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

Josep Maria Bartomeu admitted on Tuesday night in an interview with TV3 that the announcement of Carles Puyol’s goodbye at the end of the season was sad news : "I'm sad because Puyol means a lot to us. He’s unique- an example of a really committed player " [ [ CITA_1 ] ] However, the President admitted he was also: “ happy for the career he has had and the tremendous things he achieved". Puyol has so far won a total of 21 titles with the Club


The President explained how he had first  learned of Puyol’s decision : "it was a week ago that he told us he was leaving . He will always have a place here though, he  has so much to contribute to young people . He is an example of maturity, honesty , sacrifice and ambition. If this was America, his number would be withdrawn and his shirt would be on show in the highest place in the Camp Nou ." [ [ CITA_2 ] ] As to a possible future replacement, Sr Bartomeu made it clear: “there aren’t centre halves of his quality, but we are looking”, adding that the Club was planning on two signings “ a keeper and a central defender” to cover the losses of Valdés and Puyol at the end of the season. 

Thanks Carles #GràciesPuyol pic.twitter.com/5BaGgyHAnX

— Josep Maria Bartomeu (@jmbartomeu) marzo 4, 2014

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