Gerard Pique: I want to retire at Barcelona

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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has revealed he intends to stay at the club for the rest of his career.

The Spaniard has been occasionally linked with a return to the Premier League, with former club Manchester United a possible destination.

But the 26-year old, who was born in Barcelona, is adamant he wants to continue playing for the Spanish champions and is happy to finish his career at the Nou Camp.

"Barca are my family, my life," he said at a press conference. "In life you never know, you cannot say you're not going to do. It's true that [my future] depends on many factors, but come on, the club are my life.

"I was born in Barcelona, I live there, they're my family, my home and it's certainly where I want to stay.

"For most of my career, I've been here with the exception of a spell at Manchester United, but this is where I want to be for many more years and this is where I want to finish my career."

Pique came under criticism after a few below par performances for Barcelona last season and there were reports linking him to a return to England.

He started his youth career at Barcelona but, before signing his first professional contract, he joined Manchester United. He spent four years at Old Trafford making just 23 appearances in all competitions.

But he returned to his boyhood club in 2008 for a £5m fee, activating a clause in his contract. He has gone on to make 227 appearances for Barcelona and has earned 54 caps for Spain.


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