He might only have made 23 appearances at Old Trafford and left the club almost a decade ago, but Man United is apparently a club that is still in Gerard Piqué’s heart.
Piqué signed for Man United from Barcelona’s La Masia academy in 2004 before returning to his boyhood club four years later with a 2008 Premier League winner’s medal in his back pocket.
Speaking on Periscope (which footballers should really stop doing after that whole Serge Aurier thing), Piqué disclosed that, first and foremost he was happy at Barcelona, but if he ever were to leave the Camp Nou, his love for his former club would make it almost impossible to join up with old boss Pep Guardiola at rivals Manchester City.
“I’m very happy in Barcelona. United are my second club, but my future is at Barça. I’m very proud to play at Barcelona. I think it’s the best club in the world.
“My love for Manchester United is too great for me to sign for City, even though Pep is a great coach.”
Although Piqué looks back fondly on his time at Old Trafford, he at no point suggested he would be heading back there any time soon. In fact, his next destination could be something of a surprise – but one that would make his wife very happy:
“I would like to try a different league when I’ve got a few years to go before retiring.
“I don’t know if it will be Colombia, I’d like that for Shakira, but nobody can predict the future.”
At 29, the Spanish international would likely cost too much for Guardiola to consider anyway, so the option of returning to England would likely not even be available to him.
Besides, it’s a brave man that tries to convince Shakira to swap sunny Barcelona for…slightly less sunny Manchester.