“I am not going to be like Puyol” – Pique refuses to set Barcelona retirement date

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The Barcelona defender is being cautious about making the same mistake a Barcelona legend and fellow countryman made by speculating on how long he had left at the Camp Nou.

The 31-year old hopes to continue playing at the Camp Nou for as many seasons as he can but is unwilling to start reflecting over his future with the Spanish Champions.

Gerard Pique has restated his desire to end his career at the Camp Nou like so many that started at the club but the Barcelona defender is reluctant to repeat the same mistake one club legend, Carles Puyol made in the past.

“You know the competition is always there, the best players in the world and you have to fight for your place.

“It’s 10 years now so each new year is another to enjoy. I am not going to be like Puyol and say I’m going to be here for another 10 years until I’m 40; the next year he had to retire!

“I’ll enjoy each year as it comes and when it’s time, it’s time.”

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Pique returned to Barcelona in 2008 after featuring in Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United, winning the Champions League in the same year before returning to Spain.

The 6’4 central defender immediately slotted into Pep Guardiola’s formidable Barcelona team in centre of defence alongside Carles Puyol forming a strong partnership with his older colleague.

The 2008-2009 team went on to complete a clean sweep of all trophies available that season with Pique playing an important role in defence.

Pique has had an illustrious career with Barcelona and on Sunday added another Spanish Super Cup title to his already bulging trophy cabinet in the traditional season-opener.

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He has won a World Cup and European Championship with the national team since returning to Barcelona while his club honours include seven La Liga titles, three Champions League crowns and six Supercopa de España trophies.

 

He added on his success with Barcelona: “Looking back, really positive. I could not have hoped to win what I have, to have played so much, to have been important. I have really enjoyed it, just like the others.

“I feel really lucky and am really enjoying being here.

“There will come a day when I have to raise up my hand and leave but until that day comes, I’ll continue enjoying it as much as I can.”