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Barca purges front office; press questions star omissions

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has fired Andoni Zubizarreta, its director of football, and his assistant, former Barca captain, Carlos Puyol, has resigned. Zubizarreta, a former international goalkeeper, took over from Txiki Begiristain, who is now Manchester City's director of football, in 2010. Puyol, the three-time Champions League winner, had only moved into his role over the summer.

"These three and a half months have given me the opportunity to see another side of the club," Puyol said. "I want to grow both personally and professionally so that, in the future, hopefully I can return to this house and give back everything you have given me during these unforgettable years."

The purge came the same day the Spanish press was full of questions about Barcelona coach Luis Enrique’s team selection following his team’s 1-0 defeat at Real Sociedad on Sunday. Star duo Lionel Messi and Neymar started on the bench as the Blaugrana failed to take its chance to leapfrog Real Madrid, which lost 2-1 earlier in the day at Valencia, at the La Liga summit.

According to reports in Spain, the pair returned later than other players from their winter vacation, although this had been agreed with the club. Separately, reports on Monday revealed that Messi missed practice with gastroenteritis, but there was no word as to whether this affected him during Sunday’s game.

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