Puyol: 'I rejected Madrid two times to stay at Barca'
- Former Barca captain has spent his whole career at the Camp Nou.
- Real Madrid tried to sign him 2001/02 season and later in 2004/05.
- Puyol wasn't interested because he believed he was already for the best club in the world.
- Los Blancos also made a move for Ronaldinho.
Los Blancos approached the centre-back on two occasions: in the 2001/02 season and later, during 2004/05 campaign.
"Real Madrid appointed [Jose Antonio] Camacho as their new coach and he wanted me and Ronaldinho," Puyol told TV3 when telling about Real Madrid's second attempt to sign him.
"They tried to sign me on those two occasions, but I was at the best club in the world and wanted to win titles there. So I stayed."
As you all know, Puyol has spent his whole career at the Camp Nou. The Spaniard debuted under Louis van Gaal and played as a right-back later becoming a centre-back. All in all, he has played 593 matches for Barca's first team and scored 18 goals. Puyol announced his retirement after the season 2013/14.
After his retirement, Puyol worked as a football agent representing such footballers as Marc Bartra, Bojan Krkic, Carles Alena, Eric Garcia and Adia Bernabe, but gave up the role for being an ambassador for both LaLiga and UEFA.
As the former Barca captain recently admitted, he is mulling over Barcelona return in the role of a sporting director:
"If I went back to Barca, I would like to be in a sporting direction, but it is not yet time."
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