Gerard Pique attended a press conference this evening ahead of Barcelona’s Champions League game against City. It is the first time in their club’s history that City will play in a Champions League knock-out game.

“Manchester is a very special place for me,” he said. “I arrived here when I was 17, I was still a kid. Obviously I would have liked to play more but I had a very special three years and learnt a lot. Manchester United is my favourite team apart from Barça. It’s special for me to come back at the city.”

When asked if he had to leave Barcelona for a Manchester club, Pique was very clear on where he would go. “What do you think? If I had to chose one it would be United but I am really happy.”

Pique isn’t just a fan of United, but of Mancunian music too, saying: “Happy Mondays or Oasis? I prefer Happy Mondays, I got to know them while I was in England, like New Order or The Charlatans. After three years I ended up liking the music here.”