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Barca sack Zubizarreta as director of football as City tie beckons





Barcelona have sacked Andoni Zubizarreta as their director of football, the Spanish club said yesterday.

"The FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has decided to terminate as of today the contract of the club's Director of Football, Andoni Zubizarreta," Barca said in a statement.

"The President, in the name of the club, thanks Andoni Zubizarreta for his contribution, dedication and professionalism over the last four years in his role at the head of the club's football area."

The 53-year-old Zubizarreta, Barcelona's goalkeeper from 1986 to 1994 who also played 126 times for Spain, rejoined the club as football director in 2010.

Barca are second in La Liga, one point behind arch-rivals Real Madrid, and play Manchester City in the Champions League last 16 next month.