I have no desire to leave Barcelona : Gerard Pique
Recent reports had suggested that United are lining up to make a move for Barcelona's Gerard Pique who has been criticised in some quarters for his performances at Camp Nou this season but the centre-half who spent 4 frustrating years at Old Trafford before returning to Catalunya in 2008 to play a key role in Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Barcelona side, is flattered by the transfer speculation. He has dismissed talk that he is unhappy at the Catalan club and is adamant that he has no desire to leave with intention to retire at Camp Nou. Pique said: "I was happy and left a lot of friends in Manchester even if I didn't play as much as I wanted but I want to stay at Barcelona all my career and retire here."
"At United, I had Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic ahead of me, never injured, never red carded... hard to dislodge them. This is first time at Barcelona that I'm not playing as much as I want. A lot of people said:
'Pique is not fit or playing well'. After the World Cup, I admitted that I maybe hadn't been at my level but in pre-season, I worked really hard and I'm happy of my performances during the season. At the moment, I'm not thinking about leaving. I'm really happy if it's true that United want me but I'm a Barcelona fan since I was a kid. I want to stay here."
LvG set to bring Gerard Pique back to Old Trafford
Louis van Gaal is reportedly set to make sensational January move to bring Gerard Pique back to Old Trafford. The Spaniard who left United in 2008 is currently out-of-favour at Camp Nou as Barcelona manager Luis Enrique prefer to play Javier Mascherano and Jeremy Mathieu at the heart of his defence. Since then, the 27-year-old has been desolate figure on the substitute bench and has seen his attitude questioned in the Spanish media, amidst reports that he is unhappy with his role. He is said to be down the pecking order due to being short of his best form and United's need for centre-half led them to sign the former defender.