Barcelona’s Pique proud of Man United stay

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has revealed that he is proud of his three-year spell at Manchester United, according to Sky Sports.

The 26-year-old Spanish international arrived at Old Trafford as a 17-year-old after leaving Barcelona. He made 23 appearances for the Red Devils, and claims it is still an honour to have been a part of one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s teams.

“The kid who went to Manchester was a boy of 17 who found himself in a changing room full of stars and had a wonderful time,” said Pique, speaking to the Daily Telegraph.

“I remember when I was called to train with the first team, it was wonderful. That prepared me for what was coming, for the return to Barcelona. Without that pressure, I would have been a bit green when I came here.

“I am very proud of my three years there, of having decided to go to Manchester first – at 17 it was the perfect time for me to leave home because it helped make me as a person.

“I am proud to have been part of a Sir Alex Ferguson team. Even though every time I meet him I tell him that he got it wrong with me!”

Pique also stated that he always knew he would eventually return to his boyhood club, much like former Barcelona youth team-mate and ex-Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.

Fabregas and Pique initially left Barcelona in the same year, but both eventually returned to the Catalans.

He added: “You want to come back. This is the best club in the world, you get titles, enjoy the style, are at home. If you leave it is because you don’t see the road clear to the top.

“When Cesc and I left, in the same year, we had a great team with Messi in it. We were beating everybody but I took the risk of leaving all that behind and test myself.

“But everybody that leaves does so thinking, ‘I will be back one day’.”

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