As speculation rolls on over the future of Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, Catalan newspaper Sport has carried quotes from the player, which throw some clarification over his future.
Chelsea and Manchester United are the two Premier League giants who have been linked with moves for the Spaniard, but if his quotes in Sport are anything to go by, he won’t be going anywhere.
“I've always said I want to retire here. I'm a Barca fan, I have been since I was a child, and I want to stay,” said the player.
The interest from Chelsea and United seems to stem from the fact he hasn’t been a key feature in Luis Enrique’s defence this season and when he has played in big games, Barca have done poorly.
That has created the perception that he’s dispensable to Barcelona eve though he was a key part of the team which was so successful under Pep Guardiola, hailed as the best team of all time.
His comments also suggest that he’ll be determined to fight professionally through any difficult period when he’s challenged over his position in the team.
In short, it appears he’s got his future clear in his own mind and if his manager backs him and continues to give him chances then he has no reason to leave.
Where that could change is if he plays consistently poorly when he has those chances, which changes perceptions of him at the club.
However, in that case, the perceptions of him from a Chelsea and Manchester United point of view also changes.
It seems Shakira will get her wish for the family to stay in Spain.