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Goodbye, Gerard Pique!

Gerard Pique has agreed a deal to re-join Barcelona after playing 23 games in 4 years at Manchester United.

The Catalan defender was signed from Barcelona at a nominal fee in 2004 and though he was always regarded as a bright prospect, his chances of holding down a first-team place appeared incredibly slim as the Vidic-Ferdinand partnership was flourishing.

Pique did not demand first-team football, did not make unsavoury comments in the press (not yet anyway) but it was clear he wanted to play more. I can't blame him for leaving though we did not get much for him - the reported fee is 5 million euros, approximately 3 million in GBP.

However, I'm a little bit surprised that he opted for Barcelona. Granted, it's his first club, he will feel home there - but he might find his playing opportunities as limited as here. Carles Puyol, Rafa Marquez and if the rumours prove true, Juan: they will be all ahead of him in the pecking order.

Yet I hope he will oust them all and establish himself as the leading centre-back of the Catalan club. He is talented, he can cut it against top class opposition - we saw that against Arsenal this season - but he would have never been more than defensive cover at United.

All the best for the future, Gerard, and goodbye!

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 27 2008

Time: 6:38PM

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actually ur wrong, we sold him for 8mil
Lil Carlitos
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27/05/2008 20:15:00

i saw 4 million pounds. good luck to pique he didnt get the chances here.
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27/05/2008 20:44:00

Good luck to Pique as well. But I doubt he'll get alot of first team football. Farewell Gerard!
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27/05/2008 22:51:00

i think he will do well, he's got good ball playing skills and an excellent passing range.. he could play at DM as he did at Zaragoza
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28/05/2008 03:24:00

good young player, all the best to him!
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28/05/2008 13:48:00

I doubt he'll make unsavoury comments in the press Zae.He spoke today about his time at the club,how he would have liked to play more but enjoyed the bond and being part of a great squad and that SAF has been nothing short of brilliant to him and he hoped us REDS would understand his decision to play for his hometown club.Fair play,thanks kid and good luck.Hope you fulfill the obvious potential that you have.
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29/05/2008 01:50:00

^^Wow U4L, would you need to be a detective to figure this one out? Cantonas kick didn't last for the alter-ego ;)
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29/05/2008 19:26:00

hehe yeah.......CANTONA'S KICK, what a joke!
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29/05/2008 19:45:00

Commanded a good fee for him, lets hope it doesn't come back to bite you in the behind!
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01/06/2008 08:51:00

I'm really sorry to see Gerard go - he's been exceptional this season when he's been called upon, and I really felt he was progressing well enough to ne our centre-half of the future. I don't balme him for leaving though - Rio and Vidic have been incredible, and he was never going to hold down a place. All the best to him in the future - I only wish it could have been at United!
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10/06/2008 16:15:00


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