Gerard Pique Is The Future Of The Club; Barcelona

3/14/12 in Soccer   |   dazzblack   |   61 respect

There have been numerous reports in Spain that have been linking Pique to an Barcelona exit this summer after a fallout with the coach Pep Guardiola due to his personal disciplinary violations more than anything else. The Catalan club have hence assured that the 24 year old is going nowhere and remains an important part of the Barcelona future but it was highly stressed that he needs to take more responsibility.

Pep talked after their recent Champions League match against Leverkusen in which Pique was left out of the squad. "Pique knows I think highly of him. He is untouchable and hugely important for us."
 
"That's why he didn't play in Germany," the source told goal.com. "The thinking was: if he could allow himself to be so distracted in public, what we would he be capable of on the pitch?"

Goal.com reported this story after an unnamed source close to the club spilled some beans,
 
"It all started in the summer. Pique was pictured [white-water] rafting [with girlfriend Shakira] and the players know they are not allowed to partake in such activities - it is forbidden by the club. Guardiola was furious, not just because it is forbidden but also because the pictures appeared on Facebook."
 
The couple further revealed that they had been involved in an accident but luckily escaped unhurt. One can only imagine how furious Pep would have been had Pique picked up any sort of an injury.

"Because of Shakira's lack of coordination while paddling, we fell into the water! White-water rafting is so much fun!" the defender wrote.

Guardiola on the other hand was less than impressed and was troubled by the lack of physical fitness of Pique who missed the start of the season due to a torn hamstring.

Pique was left out of the Champions League clash against AC Milan due to concerns over his form and fitness once again.

"Guardiola demands maximum concentration, especially in these matches, and if he thinks any of his players fall below that, they will be left out," the source revealed.

Things were returning to normalcy and Pique started getting regular games under his belt but he angered the coach once more when he went with Shakira on jet-skiing in Miami.

"He knew it was forbidden," the source said. "He has it in his contract and he had also been warned in the summer, but again these pictures emerged and the club were not happy at all."

Barcelona Sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta had a private conversation with Pique’s father and stressed the importance of professionalism off the field and went on to assure him that Pique has a future at the club.

"He is only young and all of this is for his benefit - he will learn," the source said.

"There is no question of him leaving and he has been reassured he has a long-term future at the club. Pique will be captain of Barcelona one day; he is considered to be the long-term successor to [Carles] Puyol.

"And he can be an even better captain than Puyol, but he must assume more responsibility."
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