Barca players urged coach to stay

Updated: April 28, 2012, 11:43 AM ET
Associated Press

BARCELONA, Spain -- Barcelona captain Carles Puyol says players urged departing coach Pep Guardiola to stay at the club.

"We all wanted Guardiola to stay on and we told him so. It's a tough blow, but the best news that we could receive is that Tito Vilanova is continuing," Puyol said.

Guardiola announced Friday that he is leaving the club after winning 13 titles in four seasons. Assistant coach Vilanova will take over at the end of the season.

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