Barcelona legend Carles Puyol launches bid to come out of retirement

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Barcelona and Spain legend Carles Puyol has begun training in a bid to come out of retirement with possible interest from clubs in New York and Qatar according to the Mirror.

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The 36-year-old former captain of the Catalan giants played his final game for the club last May after 15 years at the Nou Camp, with retirement forced upon him due to a recurring knee injury.

It is reported in the tabloid though, that Puyol is back in training with a view to seeing playing action once again, with moves to New York and Qatar possibilities.

Newly formed MLS franchise New York City still have room for one extra designated player, with countryman David Villa filling the first spot, while former team-mate Xavi looks set to agree a deal with Qatari side Al-Sadd.

When the centre back announced he would retire from the game last summer, he claimed he did not want to get into management and wanted to be remembered for his time at the Nou Camp.

He said, “I don’t think I’ll be a coach, it’s not what I’d like most. Maybe I’ll change my mind but for now I want to do other things,’ he said in a more composed address than the teary briefing in March.

“I want to be remembered as someone who did everything for Barca and for football.

“I’ll tell my daughter that I was lucky to play at the best club in the world.”

Puyol won an astounding 21 trophies during his time at Barcelona, including six La Liga titles and three Champions League trophies. He also won over 100 caps for Spain and lifted the European Championship trophy and the World Cup.

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