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Gerard Pique: “I am going to give up soccer if I’m requested to go away by Koeman”

Chatting with Ibai Llanos on Twitch (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Gerard Pique has as soon as once more underlined his loyalty and love for Barcelona by stating that he would retire from the sport if he was requested to go away the membership.

Pique, a product of the Catalans’ La Masia youth setup, has been on the membership for nearly the whole thing of his profession, barring the 4 years between 2004 and 2008 when he was with Manchester United. Since returning to Camp Nou, although, the 34-year-old has been an ever-present on the coronary heart of the Blaugrana defence.

Pique, until date, has racked up as many as 566 appearances for Barcelona, and has received quite a few titles and trophies with the membership. An absolute legend on the membership and of the sport, the veteran centre-back is coming into the ultimate part of his profession and struggled with health points within the season passed by.

And, Barcelona are ushering in a brand new period below Joan Laporta. Eric Garcia has already arrived as a part of a defensive rejig, with one other centre-half more likely to be signed this summer time. So, there’s a feeling that Pique can be finally phased out of the staff.

The defender, nevertheless, has dominated out the potential for enjoying for some other membership, stating, “If tomorrow Koeman tells me I’ve to go… I’ll give up soccer. I’m not going to play for any staff apart from Barça. Cash received’t make me any happier than being right here. I received’t play for a distinct badge than Barça’s.”

Pique was additionally quizzed about the potential for him turning into the Barcelona president down the road as soon as he’s executed together with his on-field profession. The defender admitted that it’s one thing that has at all times excited him, earlier than including: “Turning into president? After I retire, let’s see…”

The chat moved from talks of his profession to Barcelona’s transfers this summer time, as Pique was requested his ideas about new signing Sergio Aguero and long-term goal Erling Haaland. “Haaland? Glorious participant,” he mentioned earlier than including, “Kun Agüero? We’ve at all times been involved, actually. He’s an important lad.”

Lastly, Pique opened up on Barcelona’s native rivals Espanyol and their promotion again to La Liga after a yr down within the Segunda Division, saying, “The reality is that it made me pleased seeing Espanyol within the Segunda División, however I need them to be in La Liga. I need to play of their stadium, expertise the derby. It’s a part of the present.”

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