Gerard Pique is going through a strange season. He is barely playing but the veteran defender is not considering retirement.
He hopes to reverse the situation and contribute to Xavi‘s team on the pitch and in the dressing room, as he has always done.
He is working hard so that his presence on the bench does not become habitual and is looking to put things right for Barcelona.
Pique is one of the players who is paying the price for the payment restructuring of the Barcelona squad.
The former Manchester United player has only played in two of the eight games Barcelona have played this season: six in LaLiga and two in the Champions League.
He has only played in the game against Cadiz in domestic competition and half of the game against Viktoria Plzen in Europe.
He is working hard in every training session to convince Xavi that he still has a lot to offer although, for the moment, Ronald Araujo, Eric Garcia, Andreas Christensen and Jules Kounde are ahead of him.
Xavi already told him a few months ago that he would have competition at the back.
“I spoke to him just before we went on holiday. I was very clear and told him that we would strengthen and that it wouldn’t be easy,” Xavi said ahead of the match against Valladolid.
“It’s too early to make any assessments. He is a player who can help us in another type of role. We’ll see how it goes, it depends on his feelings and mine.
“There is competition for everyone and I try to choose the best to win the games.”
The defender, who even played at the end of last season injured to help Barcelona, is sure that he has a place in the team and is committed to the squad and the club.
He prioritises football over any other activity. And he is not considering retirement. He is 35 years old and has always maintained that he would not want to play anywhere else when he leaves Barcelona. For the moment, it has not crossed his mind to do so.