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Former Manchester United defender agrees new five year Barcelona deal

Former Manchester United defender Gerard Pique has put pen to paper on a five year contract extension at Barcelona.

Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique has signed a new deal at Barcelona which will take him up until 2019.

He agreed the contract extension yesterday morning, and spoke of his confidence the Spanish club can reclaim top honours, having finished the season trophyless for the first time since his arrival at the club in 2008.

Pique said: "Barcelona have to be at the top, winning trophies and making our presence felt among the elite of European and world football. We have the team and the coach, so we have all the ingredients to get back where we belong."

The weekend saw a strange scenario for Barcelona, with two Spanish sides battling it out for the Champions League title, and they were not one of them.

You would imagine that would only increase the desire for the 2009 and 2011 Champions League winners to outdo both of their Madrid rivals, beginning with transfer business this summer.

Tying Pique down to a new contract was clearly a first priority after bringing in Luis Enrique as manager, and almost entirely rules out any talk the Spanish international may head back to Manchester United one day, where he learned his trade as a youngster between 2004 and 2008.

Pique said two months ago that he could consider retiring at the club, and his commitment yesterday was met with praise from Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu.

"It is very important to consolidate Gerard Pique at Barcelona. He’s the best centre-back in the world and he is a core part of the new project here at Barcelona."


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