Francesc Arnau, FC Barcelona and Malaga exporter, died this Saturday morning, as confirmed by the Real Oviedo on his Twitter account. Arnau, who held the position of sports director of the Asturian club since 2019, had previously exercised this function in the Málaga, where he ended his sports career in 2011.
Arnau (Las Planas, Girona), from 45 yearsHe was trained in the Barça youth academy and played for the first team for three seasons: between 1998 and 2001. That year he signed for Málaga, a club for which he would serve for ten seasons. He played as an international goalkeeper with the Spanish under-21 team.
Our sports director, Francesc Arnau Grabalosa, has passed away. We deeply regret her loss and accompany her family through these difficult times.
– Real Oviedo (@RealOviedo) May 22, 2021
Arnau arrived at the Oviedo club at the end of 2019 to cover the marches of Joaquín del Olmo and Michu. These weeks it was rumored that the former goalkeeper could enter the plans of the new president culé, Joan Laporta, to reinforce the technical secretariat of FC Barcelona.
After his retirement as a player, Arnau stayed in the Málaga and began to work in the lower categories of the club. In December 2015, he took over the sports management, replacing Mario husillos. Two years later, it would be Husillos himself who would relieve him of his position.
Real Oviedo has shown its sadness and sorrow, at the same time that he has sent a message of support to his family and loved ones. The club blue has also announced the postponement of tomorrow’s meeting, in the Carlos Tartiere, before the Mirandés.