Asked if Barcelona sports director Txiki Begiristain could leave the club together with him, Barcelona president Joan Laporta has said in an interview with Catalan sports paper Sport that he hopes that Begiristain will stay on:
"Life changes. It isn't a bad thing that people renew themselves, and I'm talking about myself here. I would like Txiki to continue. We are of the same generation, we have a great drive, we act with common sense. What we have lived over these years has been very rewarding. In a few years we'll realize what we have done. There has also been a lot of wear and tear and sometimes your body asks you to stop.
I certainly consider him to be a key figure. He's the one who has won the most titles in the history of the club. Appointing him has been my best decision as president. He's talented, he has an instinct, an ideal character to get along with Pep and Rijkaard, professional, fair, with a good judgment, someone who knows how to act at every moment."
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