World Cup winner explains his decision to quit Old Trafford.
Barcelona defender Gerrard Pique has revealed that the main reason behind his decision to quit Manchester United for a return home to Spain was homesickness, the Daily Star reports.
Former United boss Alex Ferguson brought the now world class stopped to the club from Barcelona when he was just 17-years-old after he quickly rose through the side’s academy.
He had to wait until the 2007/08 season to make his debut for the club, where he eventually began to make a handful of appearances in both the Premier League and the Champions League, but failed to cement down a regular spot within the starting XI.
Pique eventually returned to the Camp Nou for a bargain price of £5million in the summer window of 2008 where he has gone on to help the Catalan’s to 16 trophies as well as becoming a regular performer for the Spanish national team.
And as he now prepares to enter negotiations with Barca over a new deal to keep him at the Nou Camp he has revealed what exactly made him return home.
When asked by Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo on contract discussions, Pique said: “We have started, yes.
“Everything is very well with the club. Everyone knows that I am a Barcelonista. I tried having an adventure abroad with Manchester, and I can say that there is no place like home.
“I spent four years away, but here I have family and close friends every day.”