Gerard Pique has ruled out the possibility of reuniting with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City given his continued love for Manchester United.
The Spaniard arrived at Man United back in 2004 and went on to make 23 appearances for the club before moving back to Barcelona, his boyhood club, in 2008.
And in his first season at the Nou Camp, Pique established himself in a side that claimed six major honours – a clean sweep – over the 2008/09 season before winning the World Cup a year later.
But Pique, despite his superb relationship with Guardiola, made it clear that his love for United was too strong.
That is how Pique is known by the Barcelona faithful. At a time when supporters are protesting against the banal, self-serving bureaucracy headed by Josep Bartomeu more than ever before, their captain, their leader, is widely regarded as the one integral part of the club that supporters – and, by extension, the Catalan people – can genuinely resonate with.
Bold, fanatically passionate, galvanising, full of pride, unyielding in his determination and, above all, a likeable character. And you can tell Pique attributes a considerable portion of his success, and indeed the person he is today, to the years he spent in Manchester working under Sir Alex Ferguson and the club’s academy.