Pep Guardiola’s now coach and former teammate at Barcelona, Xavi Hernández, announced to defender Gerard Piqué that he will not take him into account for next season. The defender spoke with the president of the club, Joan Laporta, and promised him that he will put aside his uncontrolled life off the pitch to fulfill the two-year contract in the best possible way.
After informing Piqué himself of his decision to marginalize him first, Xavi went to see President Laporta and the director of football, Mateu Alemany, where he told them not only what he had resolved, but also his desire to replace him with Jules Koundé , the French of Seville.
Laporta, as described today by the Barcelona newspaper Sport, also had a meeting with Piqué to make him reflect on the type of life he has been leading since he separated from his wife, the Colombian singer Shakira, and the footballer promised to reach his best condition for those two years of contract that lie ahead.
And to prove it, Piqué, 35, goes to the Ciudad Deportiva daily to work intensely on the recovery from the right adductor injury that prevented him from finishing playing last championship.
Piqué told Laporta that the club “can hire any central marker, who will end up being a substitute” for him. Xavi has the last word.