Gerard Pique explains sudden November retirement

Gerard Pique explains sudden November retirement

Gerard Pique has admitted that he would have retired before he did had Barcelona not been struggling an harm disaster at centre-back.

Pique introduced his imminent retirement on 3 November after which performed his ultimate recreation for Barça simply two days later, his 616th look for the membership and the 769th senior recreation of his profession in complete.

The defender, who turns 36 in February, had solely been a bit-part participant this season however was nonetheless referred to as upon when the likes of Jules Kounde, Ronald Araujo and Andreas Christensen have been sidelined with harm at varied instances.

Talking to Twitch streamer Ibai Llanos, Pique defined that he at all times deliberate to stroll away when he was now not a key participant on the highest degree and was already contemplating hanging up his boots. However that call was finally delayed as a result of the membership nonetheless wanted him to plug the gaps.

“Why retire in November? There are numerous causes. Individuals already know that I began the season with a dialog with Xavi, who instructed me that it was going to be tough for him to play,” Pique mentioned.

“The emotions from the start weren’t the perfect normally and I noticed that the break was a chance to have that call. I’ve at all times I mentioned that after I was not essential I would go away. If there had been no accidents in my place, I’d have left earlier than”.

“I now not felt as I felt earlier than. There was a day coaching at Camp Nou after a recreation during which I used to be about to say ‘I am leaving now’. I noticed that it was now not my place. When [other players] began to get injured, I mentioned ‘I can not depart the workforce’. That is why I set the break of the World Cup.”

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