Former Barcelona captain Carles Puyol says he has turned down the opportunity to rejoin the club as a sporting director.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said this month he was hopeful of convincing him to return to the Nou Camp to fill the role left vacant by Pep Segura, who left the club by mutual consent in July.
“After thinking about it a lot I decided not to accept the club’s offer,” Puyol, who spent his entire playing career at the club between 1999 and 2014, said via Twitter on Wednesday.
“It was not an easy decision, I always said I would like to return to the place I consider my home, but various personal projects I find myself immersed in at the moment would stop me from giving the exclusive dedication this role deserves.”
Carles Puyol would have worked at Barcelona alongside sporting director Eric Abidal and director of youth football Patrick Kluivert, both who are former team-mates.