United and Chelsea linked Gerard Pique finally lifts lid on transfer speculation

Gerard Pique

Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with a move for Gerard Pique.

Former Manchester United defender Gerard Pique has ruled out a move away from Barcelona in the midst of speculation surrounding a possible return to the Premier League.

The Spanish international has found first-team opportunities scarce with the Catalans since Luis Enrique became boss resulting in rumours of a move to both Chelsea and United.

The Red Devils are keen to bolster their defensive ranks during the January transfer window whereas the Blues have been linked with Pique as a result of their success with Cesc Fabregas.

Fabregas, like Pique, gradually fell out of favour at the Nou Camp and a move to Jose Mourinho’s side has seen his career get back on track following a fine start to the season.

As Pique sees his former teammate and good friend enjoying his football once more some suggest he may feel inclined to follow suit.

However, after being posed the question by the Spanish press on international duty, the 27-year-old ruled out a January transfer away from Barca and admitted his goal is to win back his place in the team.

"I don’t think it would be logical for me to plan an exit for not playing two or three matches. Barcelona is my life and I do not plan to leave. I will continue to fight for a place." He said, quoted by newspaper AS.

Pique made a total of just 12 Premier League appearances for United during a previous four-year stay at Old Trafford.

Since returning to Barcelona, the talented defender has won a total of 15 trophies for the club, with six of those coming in his first 18 months back.

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