Gerard Pique hopes to see out his
playing days at Barcelona after signing a
contract extension that ties him to the club
until the summer of 2022.
The Spain international will be 35 when
this contract extension expires and insists
he only ever saw his future at the Nou
Camp, saying it is ‘Barca or nothing’.
Pique’s new deal includes a buyout
clause of £441.6m, but that is academic to a
player who never wants to leave.
‘I’m very happy to have renewed my
contract and I hope it will not be the last,’ he
said on Monday. ‘If I complete my contract
I will have been at Barca for 14 years, plus
another six or seven in the youth teams.
‘I’ve been a socio (member) since I was
born, Barca feels like home, it’s the club of
my life. I always felt that I was going to stay
and I never thought about anything else
‘And I hope to stay for life. Obviously
I’ve thought about my family and my kids,
who don’t want to move. But in the career
I’ve had here, we’ve almost always won
something and we’ve competed until the
‘And I hope we continue being
competitive until I retire.
‘I’m not interested in playing for another
team. If I wasn’t wearing the Barca shirt,
I would have given up. I play football
because I play for Barca. It’s Barca or
Having come up through the youth
ranks with Barcelona, Pique returned to his
home-town club in 2008 after four years on
Manchester United’s books and in the last
decade has won 24 titles with the Catalan
The former Barca youth player – who
began his junior career in 1997, aged 10
– moved to Old Trafford in 2004 before
spending time on loan at Real Zaragoza.
He rejoined his boyhood club under Pep
Guardiola in 2008.

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