Barcelona manager, Xavi Hernandez, has met with Gerard Pique and has told him that he will not be called upon at the club, starting next season.
This was reported by Diario Sport.
The manager does not question Gerard Pique’s abilities but has cited physical issues and unprofessional behavior as reasons for the decision being made, the report says
Xavi said that Gerard Pique was not focused on football due to his multiple businesses and controversies.
Gerard Pique Offered With The Best Solution
Pique was reportedly told that the best solution would be to leave in the most dignified way possible, which would include renouncing a large amount of the approximately €40 million that the club owes him.
Despite being told that he won’t get many minutes, Pique is said to have refused to accept it and insisted that he will train more than ever, a plan that includes abandoning his commitments outside of football.
The Diario Sport report also mentions that Xavi sees Sevilla’s Jules Kounde as the man to come in and play at center-back, which the outlet has also reported. Chelsea is also interested in the Frenchman, whose contract could be worth up to €60m, but the hope is that Barcelona will be able to afford to bring him in when they have reduced their wage bill.
Despite Andreas Christensen coming in and Eric Garcia also being in the squad, Xavi is said to dream of a partnership consisting of Kounde and Ronald Araujo.