Gerard Pique keen to stay at Barcelona

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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is set to snub a move to either Manchester United or Chelsea after deciding to save his Camp Nou career.

This is according to the Daily Star, who understand that Pique intends to knuckle down and improve his behaviour in a last-ditch attempt to win over Barca boss Luis Enrique, who has left the World Cup winner out of his team for the past three matches.

Recent reports claimed Pique would decide his next move during the current international break - and that both Manchester United and Chelsea were lining up bids - but the 27-year-old, it now appears, has opted against a move to England.

Pique's poor performances

Pique has been involved in a number of controversial off-field incidents in recent months, while his performances on the pitch have been below-par.

His last appearance came in October’s 3-1 Clasico defeat to Real Madrid - a match in which Pique, who conceded a first-half penalty, was arguably Barcelona’s worst player - and since then Enrique has either left him on the substitutes’ bench or left him out of his squad altogether.

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Pique included in Spain squad

Despite his recent frustrations, though, Pique has been included in Spain’s squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus and the friendly against world champions Germany by Vicente del Bosque.

Pique will have the opportunity to regain some confidence and match fitness before returning to the Camp Nou and convincing Enrique that he deserves a place in Barcelona’s starting line-up to face Sevilla on November 22.

Blow for three top clubs

News of Pique’s decision will come as a huge blow to both Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, who feel the Spaniard still has plenty to offer, despite the fact his performances have dipped since Pep Guardiola left the European giants in 2012.

Guardiola, now with Bayern Munich, is also reportedly interested in signing the £110,000-a-week Barcelona ace.

But it seems Pique, a boyhood Barcelona fan and proud Catalan, is desperate to make things work at the Camp Nou. In order for that to happen, however, he will need to prove to Enrique that he possesses the required mentality to flourish under his leadership.

An in-form, focused Pique is a major asset for Barcelona - but it’s been such a long time since the Spaniard was at his brilliant best that doubts persist over whether or not we’ve already seen the best of him.

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