The announcement had the impact of a small bomb in Spain. In opposition to all expectations, Gerard Pique has revealed that he’ll retire from sport this weekend, after the assembly between FC Barcelona and Almeria on the Nou Camp. At 35, the central defender says cease, he who has been underneath hearth from critics because the begin of the season due to his efficiency but additionally his refusal to decrease his wage once more. A press release that’s shocking in its timing because it comes in the course of the 12 months.
“Now that every one these desires have come true, I need to inform you that I’ve determined that the time to return full circle has come. I at all times stated that there could be no different groups after Barça. And it will likely be. Subsequent Saturday will likely be my final recreation at Camp Nou. I’ll develop into another Culer. I’ll help the group, I’ll transmit the love of Barça to my youngsters as my household did with me. And me. Ultimately I will likely be again. See you at Camp Nou. Visca Barca. Nonetheless”defined the participant yesterday.
An settlement already reached with Inigo Martinez
A tribute will likely be paid to him in entrance of his supporters this weekend. He had develop into quantity 5 within the hierarchy of Xavi, behind Araujo, Garcia, Christensen and Koundé. His performances have generally weighed on Barça, as in the course of the return to Catalonia in opposition to Inter. Principally, everybody have to be reasonably proud of this shock announcement as a result of it removes an enormous thorn within the aspect of the participant, the coach and the membership. The state of affairs had develop into difficult to carry, particularly since Pique had a contract till 2024.
At the least issues are clear and Barça have already got an answer to take over from their emblematic central defender. Based on Sport, Inigo Martinez (31) has already agreed to return free from July 2023, he who’s coming to the top of his contract, however Pique’s retirement adjustments the state of affairs a bit. Financial savings will likely be made on his wage and it’s not unimaginable to see the Blaugranas anticipate the arrival of the left-hander from Athletic from January. Xavi would be the closing choice maker. He can already boast of seeing issues progress rapidly.