Barcelona News: In a new blow to the Spanish international, Gerard Pique has apparently been told that he can quit Barcelona.
After splitting from singer wife Shakira, the former Manchester United defender has had a difficult year. The couple’s separation was revealed in a statement released earlier this month. “We hate to confirm that we are parting ways,” it said. We ask that you respect the privacy of our children, as their safety is our first responsibility. Thank you for your patience.“
While his personal life has taken a turn for the worst, his future on the field now appears to be in jeopardy as well. According to Sport, Barcelona manager Xavi met with the centre-back and informed him that he would not be needed next season.
There appears to be no debate about Pique’s ability. However, there are reports of concerns about his fitness and his behaviour, as well as his numerous off-field pursuits.
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Meanwhile, it’s been reported that the Catalan giants could sign a replacement for Pique. Sevilla’s Jules Kounde is linked with a summer move to the Camp Nou.
Despite the fact that Xavi has decided on the defender’s role in his squad, it appears that leaving Barcelona will be difficult. According to reports, the Catalan giants still owe the 35-year-old €40 million (£35 million), a sum that the defender is eager to receive.
Meanwhile, his contract has two years left on it, so there’s a good possibility he’ll be with Barca at the very least for the foreseeable future. Any departure would bring an end to the Spaniard’s 14-year stay with the La Liga club. He joined after returning from Manchester United.
Pique’s tenure at Barcelona
He has made 602 appearances for the club He won eight league crowns, four Champions Leagues, six Copas del Rey, and a slew of other trophies. In that time, the defender also became a legend for the Spanish national team. He played 103 games and won the World Cup in 2010.
Pique made 39 appearances for the team last season, scoring three goals in an injury-plagued campaign.
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What did Pique have to say about it?
Surprisingly, the defender intimated last year that if he could no longer play for Barcelona, he would be forced to retire. “Yes, this could be the last season,” he added. I go every year, so I can’t promise that I’ll be there next season. I’ll resign the day I feel I can’t help Barca any longer.”
Of course, whether he stays or leaves Barcelona remains to be seen. However, Xavi will be hoping to assist the team have a better season next season.
The Catalans ended 13 points behind Real Madrid in the La Liga title race. They were also relegated to the Europa League after failing to advance from their Champions League group.