Hristo Stoichkov: 'Incompetent Barcelona will regret Sanchez sale'

Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring his team's third goal against Levante during their Copa del Rey quarter-final match on January 29, 2014
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Barcelona legend Hristo Stoichkov claims that the Catalans' directors "do not understand football" after selling Alexis Sanchez.

Barcelona legend Hristo Stoichkov has warned the Catalans that they will come to regret selling Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal this summer.

The 25-year-old followed Cesc Fabregas out of the exit door in Catalunya after sealing a £30m switch to the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.

The move has left a bitter taste in Stoichkov's mouth, and the 48-year-old claims that the Blaugrana's directors "do not understand" football after sanctioning the sale of their "best player".

"Because of those who do not understand football we must sell the best player we have at Barca," Stoichkov told ESPN. "The policy of Barca was always like this, they do not like great players.

"[Alexis] is the best player for his pace, his battling qualities. He fights for every ball, he plays for the team. I like his mentality. He is leaving with his head high. He is a decisive player."

Sanchez struck 19 times and bagged 10 assists in 34 Liga appearances for the Spanish giants last season.

Barcelona's Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Valencia CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on February 1, 2014
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