Gerard Pique rules out Manchester United return

The Spain international defender has confessed that he is likely to finish his career with boyhood club Barcelona.

Manchester United are in the market for a new centre-half to replace Nemanja Vidic and would love to still have one former defender still on their books.

Gerard Pique was on the books of the Old Trafford club for four years, after being snatched from the Barcelona La Masia youth academy.

The Spaniard only managed to feature in 12 Premier League games before returning to Camp Nou in 2008 and has since evolved into one of the most respected defenders in the European game.

Pique, 27, would be someone that David Moyes would love to be able to call on next season, while the 59-times capped Spain international was also linked with Manchester City earlier this year.

Despite this, it seems likely that the star will not be returning to the Premier League, with a commitment to retire in Catalunya on the cards.

"The natural thing would be for me to retire here – I’m a Barca man and I’ll be doing all I can to stay,” the Camp Nou club’s website quote Pique as saying.

Pique will not play a part in Spain’s game against Italy tonight at the Vicente Calderon as he is ruled out with injury.

However, the Barcelona man is widely expected to form a central defensive partnership with Sergio Ramos in Spain’s bid to retain the World Cup this summer.

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