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Manchester City target rules out move due to ‘love for Manchester United’

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has revealed that his history with Manchester United would prevent him from ever joining rivals Manchester City.

Pique was one of Pep Guardiola’s first signings when the Spanish tactician took charge at Barca in 2008, and the centre-half became a pivotal part of the team that dominated home and abroad.

The commanding defender had previously moved to Old Trafford in 2004, but having been unable to establish himself under Sir Alex Ferguson, Guardiola opted to take him back to Catalunya where the pair enjoyed great success together.

With the current Bayern Munich boss set to take charge at Man City this summer, he has been linked with numerous players that he has previously worked with.

However, it doesn’t appear as though he will seal a reunion with Pique, who has insisted that a move to City would be impossible for him to make given his previous connection with United.

“My love for Manchester United is too great for me to sign for City, even though Pep is a great coach,” he said on Periscope.

“I’m very happy in Barcelona. United are my second club, but my future is at Barca. I’m very proud to play at Barcelona. I think it’s the best club in the world.

“I would like to try a different league when I’ve got a few years to go before retiring. I don’t know if it will be Colombia — I’d like that for [wife] Shakira, but nobody can predict the future.”

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