Gerard Pique to make decision over future

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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique will decide whether to stay at the Camp Nou or attempt to force a move to either Manchester United or Chelsea during the current international break.

This is according to the Express, who cite reports in Spain as suggesting that Pique could opt to leave his current employers - and boyhood club - if he believes he no longer has a prominent role to play under Luis Enrique.

Pique's relationship with Enrique has come under intense scrutiny following a series of recent incidents. The Barcelona star has been dropped for the club's previous three matches, and was embarrassingly told to warm-up by Enrique, even though the Barca boss had just made his third and final substitution.

Pique favours Chelsea move

The 27-year-old insists that he still wants to end his career with Barcelona, but recent reports have stated that the centre-back would favour a move to Chelsea over Manchester United if he does leave the Camp Nou in 2015.

This might be because the west London outfit are in a better position to challenge for silverware over the forthcoming seasons, while the manner in which his former teammate Cesc Fabregas has flourished at Stamford Bridge since joining Jose Mourinho's side in the summer may have also had a bearing on Pique's mind-set.

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The World Cup winner spent four years with Manchester United between 2004 and 2008, but ended up becoming frustrated with his lack of first-team opportunities before re-joining the Catalan giants following the appointment of Pep Guardiola.

Pique's performances

Pique enjoyed immense success under Guardiola, who helped transform the Spaniard into one of Europe's finest centre-backs, but has regressed since the current Bayern Munich boss left the club in 2012.

His performances this season, in particular, have been well below-par - and in his previous appearance, against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu last month, it was his inexplicable mistake which led to the hosts' vital equaliser.

Transfer ban

Enrique has dropped Pique in all three matches since the Clasico, and speculation is rife that the Spaniard will attempt to leave if his situation fails to improve between now and January.

Barcelona, though, will be reluctant to sell the defender regardless of whether or not he decides to leave. The La Liga outfit are banned from signing any new players until January 2016, meaning Enrique will be determined to keep all of his players unless the ban is overturned.

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