Manchester United sold Gerard Pique back to his former club, Barcelona, this week, ending what was a rather disappointing time at United.
Whilst Pique got to share in the joy of winning the league and European Cup double, he did so knowing he hadn’t really left his mark on the club this season.
He scored a couple of goals in the Champions League and put in solid performances in the victories against Arsenal and Aston Villa, but even with the numerous injuries to Nemanja Vidic, Pique struggled to get a place in the team.
The lad certainly has a lot of potential and there is a definite possibility he could have been a very good player for the club. Ahmed at Soccerlens speaks of the regret United fans may feel that another promising youngster has been sold on, following on from Rossi last summer.
However he wasn’t prepared to wait around for that time, and fair play to him. Nobody could really hold any grudges for him preferring to give it a go at his boyhood club. He waited around for us for long enough.
“It is a dream to return to Barca,” Pique said yesterday. “When I left I thought it would be very difficult to come back but now the dream is a reality. Coming here was my first and only option. If there was a chance I had to try and once Barca and Manchester came to an agreement, it was full steam ahead. This is a big move for me and I was very nervous before actually signing the contract in the club’s offices because I knew that I would be pulling on a Barca shirt again.”
There are no hard feelings and the £4-6 million transfer fee will go down well. He will surely prove himself as a great defender in Spain, but claims he will always be grateful for our manager and fans.
“I am leaving with some very special memories, most of all the experience of being part of a fantastic group,” said Pique. “Obviously I would have liked to have played more this season, but the manager has always treated me in an exceptional manner, for which I am extremely grateful. I would like the fans to know that I will always carry United in my heart and I hope that they understand my decision to go back to my home club.”
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