Barcelona ‘can terminate Gerard Pique’s contract subsequent summer season if he doesn’t play in 35% of matches this season’… as ‘Xavi plans to exchange the veteran defender with Inigo Martinez’
- Gerard Pique, 35, has a contract at Barcelona till the summer season of 2024
- Nonetheless, the Catalan giants might reportedly launch the defender a yr early
- Pique has turn into a fringe participant and has featured simply as soon as in LaLiga this time period
- Xavi is eager on Athletic Bilbao defender Inigo Martinez as a result of he’s left-footed
The veteran centre-back has a contract on the Nou Camp till 2024, however Barca are eager to see him depart as a result of he has turn into a fringe participant however stays the best earner within the squad.
The Catalan giants proceed to battle monetary difficulties after a summer season of heavy spending and must slash their wage invoice.
Gerard Pique has a contract at Barcelona till the summer season of 2024 however might depart earlier
The 35-year-old has turn into a fringe participant and has featured simply as soon as in LaLiga this time period
Based on Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona could have the choice of terminating Pique’s contract one yr early if he options in lower than 35% of video games this time period.
Considering league fixtures, home cup ties and European matches, the membership are prone to play between 50 to 55 video games this season – which means Pique can play not more than roughly 19 instances if Barca wish to see him depart subsequent summer season.
To date, the 35-year-old has featured simply as soon as in LaLiga – taking part in the complete 90 minutes in opposition to Cadiz – and got here on as a half-time substitute in opposition to Viktoria Plzen within the Champions League.
Barcelona additionally inserted a clause based mostly on proportion of video games performed in Antoine Griezmann’s two-year mortgage deal at Atletico Madrid.
Xavi is reportedly eager to exchange Pique with Athletic Bilbao centre-back Inigo Martinez
The settlement stipulates that if the ahead performs greater than 45 minutes in additional than 50% of video games, then Atletico are contractually certain to pay £35million to signal him completely.
It has led to a farcical scenario the place Griezmann is usually being restricted to substitute appearances from the sixtieth minute onwards.
Mundo Deportivo additionally declare that if Pique does depart, Xavi is eager to exchange him with Athletic Bilbao centre-back Inigo Martinez.
The Barcelona boss is claimed to favour Martinez, 31, as a result of he’s a left-footed centre-back
Barca reportedly failed with a £12million bid for the 31-year-old final month however he’s out of contract within the Basque Nation subsequent summer season.
Martinez is left-footed, which is claimed to enchantment to Xavi as his present centre-back choices are all right-footed – Pique, Ronald Araujo, Jule Kounde, Andreas Christensen and Eric Garcia.
Pique has beforehand instructed that he would retire if he turned a again up on the Nou Camp and has no need to play for every other membership.
The Spaniard is fifth on Barcelona’s all-time main appearances record with 608 to his title and has gained eight LaLiga titles and three Champions Leagues throughout his time on the membership.