Spain defender Pique wants to spend rest of career at Barcelona

Gerard Pique hopes to stay at Barcelona for the rest of his career.  

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Gerard Pique has dismissed rumors of a possible return to Manchester United after insisting that he would be happy to spend the rest of his career at Barcelona.

The 27-year-old defender has started just three of Barcelona’s seven La Liga games this season and has been linked with a move from the Catalan side. He was also left on the bench throughout the 3-2 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

But despite a lack of playing time this term, Pique maintains he has no plans to leave Camp Nou.

"I love this club for its history, its style of play and its connection to Catalunya," he told FourFourTwo.

"I love it here. I am at the best club in the world right now. I have no intention of leaving now or later. I’ve just signed a new contract and I want to retire a Blaugrana, just like [Carles] Puyol did.

"You never know what the future holds, but right now, I love this city, I love the people in the club, and most importantly, I love the institution. I don’t see myself leaving."

Pique was also asked to compare Xavi with former Manchester United team-mate Paul Scholes.

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"You cannot make me choose between them!" said the Spain international. "You could say Xavi because of international titles, but the two of them are technically amazing."

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