FC Barcelona appoints former player Deco as new director of sporttext_fields
Madrid: Spanish Football Club Barcelona has announced the appointment of its former player Anderson Luis de Souza 'Deco' as its director of sport.
Deco, who will now replace Mateu Alemany, played for Barca between 2004-2008.
Alemany will step down from the post when the current transfer window closes at the start of September.
According to reports, Alemany and Deco will collaborate until the transfer window closes, ensuring a smooth transition of responsibilities.
Deco has signed a three-year contract to be the man behind Barcelona's moves in the transfer market for the coming campaigns.
"Deco will be in charge of setting FC Barcelona's sporting philosophy and putting together the squad with the coach and the coaching and becoming head of the football section," Barcelona’s website read.
Alemany has been an important figure at Barcelona, helping the club move in the transfer market, despite the problems they face due to financial fair play limitations.
He has been responsible for bringing in players, such as Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Inigo Martinez, and Ilkay Gundogan to the Barca squad, signing quality players despite the financial limitations.
With inputs from IANS