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The Barcelona manager has underlined the 48-year-old's contribution to the Spanish club following his appointment as the Premier League champions' new director of soccer.

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has called upon the club to recognize the contribution of former technical director Txiki Begiristain following his departure to Manchester City.

Begiristain was announced as the Premier League champions' new director of soccer on Sunday, becoming City's second recent capture from Barca after Ferran Sorriano joined as chief executive over the summer. Vilanova, who recently succeeded Pep Guardiola in the Camp Nou hotseat after a spell as assistant manager, has highlighted the 48-year-old's role in the Spanish club's successes.

"I congratulate Manchester City with the signing of Txiki, we must recognize the work he did here," he told reporters. "Barcelona's achievements are his too, the titles we've won are, in part, thanks to his work with the team and with Pep Guardiola."

Begiristain, who brought the likes of Samuel Eto’o, Ronaldinho and Daniel Alves to Camp Nou during his tenure, will be tasked with leading City’s recruitment policy.

Goal.com also understands that the Premier league champions remain interested in Esteve Calzada, the ex-Barca marketing director who is also credited with playing an instrumental role in the club’s recent run of accomplishments.

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