Barcelona president Joan Laporta has maintained that Gerard Pique’s determination to retire was determined by him and ‘in all probability’ a sporting determination.
Pique known as time on an distinctive profession final week and made his ultimate Barcelona look in a victory over Almeria in La Liga, drawing the curtain mid-season after a tough starting to the marketing campaign.
Whereas his decline has been obvious, there had additionally been suspicions that Pique had chosen to hold up his boots in an effort to present Barcelona with additional monetary respiration room, along with his contract now off the wage invoice.
However Laporta spoke to SPORT concerning the determination, insisting it was Pique’s doing: “Piqué’s departure has been determined by him.
“If Gerard had had the coach’s confidence and performed like an undisputed starter, he clearly would not have left,” he stated. “Piqué has determined what he wished to do and we, from the board of administrators, respect him.”
He went additional, opening up on supervisor Xavi’s conversations with Pique: “Xavi has been very trustworthy with him. From the primary second the technician advised him that he didn’t depend on him and I additionally mentioned his state of affairs with him.
“However Gerard is a aggressive man, a winner, and he nonetheless noticed himself as a starter and wished to proceed. Though ultimately he has seen the fact and has decided. He has had a method of claiming goodbye to the membership, given the push, very good.
“We at all times need our heroes to be everlasting however it’s unimaginable.”
The 35-year-old had made simply six La Liga appearances this season and had fallen down the pecking order, regardless of Barcelona’s defensive harm struggles.