Premier League champions Manchester City yesterday appointed former Barcelona general manager Ferran Soriano as their new chief executive.

Soriano’s arrival fills the vacancy left by the controversial departure of Garry Cook last season and the ex-president of Spainair will take up his position on September 1.

The 44-year-old, who worked for Barca from 2003 to 2008, is credited with transforming the Spanish club’s off-field operations during his time at the Camp Nou.

He was Barca’s vice-president and head of economics and worked as general manager.

In his first three years he helped increase revenues and the club moved into a profit-making position. He was also closely involved in transfers before resigning from the board along with president Joan Laporta in 2008.

“I am delighted to take up the position of chief executive officer of Manchester City Football Club,” Soriano told City’s website.

“The vision of the owner together with his commitment, and that of the chairman and board, make this opportunity absolutely compelling.

“The club has incredible potential to be fulfilled both on and off the field.”

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