One of the transfer stories hitting the headlines in the last few days has been that of Gerard Pique returning to Manchester United.
The Spain international defender left the Red Devils for his old club Barcelona in the summer of 2008.
At the time, the 27-year-old was not rated very highly by the United officials, but since his return to Barca, Pique has established himself as one of the best centre-backs in the world.
Pique has won pretty much everything a footballer can hope to win. He won the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championship in 2012 with Spain, and was an integral part of the Barcelona team that clinched the Champions League in 2009 and 2011.
There is no reason for Pique to leave Barcelona, but given the appointment of Louis van Gaal as the United manager in the summer, there have been suggestions that the Dutchman could try to bring back the player he first met when he was in charge of Barcelona.
But will Pique return to Old Trafford if the opportunity comes along?
‘You never know in football’, he told the FourFourTwo magazine. ‘I’ve always said my club here is Barcelona and in England I want Manchester United to win.
‘I’ve got a few friends there now – Ander Herrera and David de Gea being two – and I got on well with everyone I was there. I was a kid of 18 and having stars like Ruud van Nistelrooy, Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney looking after me was great.
‘Being honest, I’m at the best club in the world now. It’s where I’ve always dreamed of playing and I have no intention of leaving. I’ve just renewed my contract and would like to finish my career here. But you never know’.
It seems that Pique has left the door open for a return to United.