Even at this late stage in his career, Gerard Pique has remained as a starter for Barcelona. The 35-year-old Spanish defender has logged 22 starts in La Liga play so far this season.
Overall, Pique has two more seasons remaining on his current contract with Barca. Even as there has been much outside talk that retirement may soon be on the horizon for him, Pique still aspires to carry on his career at the Catalan side.
“Hope to keep it going as long as I can,” Pique told Barca TV.
Pique further added that he wants to “keep helping the club.”
Pique has noted before that he has no intention of ever playing for another club, as he much prefers to finish his career at Barca.
There was rapid speculation following Barca’s UEFA Champions League quarterfinal defeat to Bayern Munich in 2020 that Pique would depart from the club, especially as he noted after the 8-2 loss that he would be the “first one to leave” if needed. Now-former Barca president Josep Bartomeu kept him past the 2020 summer transfer window, and current club president, Joan Laporta, has not shown any strong desire to put an end to the Spaniard’s run at the club.
Whether alongside Eric Garcia or Ronald Araujo, Pique has continued to be a reliable defender under manager Xavi Hernandez’s 4-3-3 setup. For one, he earned a start in Barca’s recent 4-0 La Liga win over Real Madrid, where he logged four clearances and one successful tackle.
Pique and Barcelona will return to action on April 3 with a home league encounter against Sevilla.