Barcelona coach Martino: Puyol irreplaceable

Barcelona coach Tata Martino says skipper Carles Puyol's departure will be impossible to fill.

Barcelona coach Tata Martino says skipper Carles Puyol's departure will be impossible to fill.

Martino heaped praise on "irreplaceable" Puyol following the centre-back's decision to leave the Catalan giants.

Martino said: "I think he's a footballer who is irreplaceable. I'm probably not the best-placed person to comment on this, because I've only worked with him for seven or eight months, but that's enough to say what I said.

"He's the type of player that a club has only once every so often. Life goes on at Barcelona, and the club will look for a replacement, but he'll always be in everyone's heads because he leaves an indelible mark."

 
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