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Zubizarreta named Barca sporting director

Barcelona have appointed former goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta as their new sporting director - and his top priority this summer will be signing Cesc Fabregas.

Zubizarreta made over 300 appearances for Barca between 1986 and 1994 and also played 126 times for Spain in an illustrious career.

The 48 year-old remains a popular figure at Barcelona and will take over from fellow Basque Txiki Begiristian, who stepped down earlier this week.

New president Sandro Rosell continues to shape his team ahead of the new season after taking over from outgoing Barca boss Joan Laporta yesterday. There are also roles for Narcis Julia, Albert Puig and former player Guillermo Amor.

The three will work alongside Zubizarreta and the new board to strengthen the playing squad. And one of his chief goals will be to bring Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas to Camp Nou.

"Our objective is for him to become a Barcelona player this summer,'' vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu said at a press conference on Friday.

Fabregas himself was in no mood to discuss his future ahead of Spain's World Cup quarter-final against Paraguay on Saturday.

"Concerning myself, I don't think there is too much more to say,'' he said. "I don't think this is the moment to be talking about that. It is a very important moment for Spain and can go down in history so I will talk later on about what I will do next year.

"There's a moment and time for everything, let's not waste time. We're going to play Paraguay tomorrow, so that is what's important.''

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