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Gerard Pique slams Barcelona board, talks Lionel Messi future

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The defender finally speaks

Getafe CF v FC Barcelona - La Liga Santander Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images

Gerard Pique has finally broken his silence and offered his true thoughts on Barcelona and what’s been going on at the club over the last few months or so.

The center-back has given an interview to La Vanguardia where he’s talked about a range of topics including Ernesto Valverde’s sacking, Lionel Messi’s future and the board’s activities.

Pique doesn’t hold back when it comes to talking about the recent social media scandal that hit the club earlier this year and admits he’s been hurt by what’s been going on.

“The scandal with the social media accounts. As a Barça player I see that my club has spent money, money that they’re now asking us for, to criticize not only people outside of the club that have a historic relationship with the club, but active players.

“And that’s brutal. I asked for explanations and he [Bartomeu] told me ‘Gerard, I didn’t know.’ And I believe that. But then you see that the person who you know made the decision to hire out those companies for those services still works for the club.”

The defender also spoke about Messi’s desire to leave the club over the summer and how he was shocked to hear about the captain’s burofax.

“How come the best player ever, that we’ve had the blessed fortune of enjoying, gets up one day and sends a burofax because you’re not listening to him? It’s all very shocking. What is happening?

“Leo deserves everything. The new stadium should be named after him and then whatever else commercial name they want. We have to take better care of our legends, not to disparage them. It makes me angry.”

Pique also says he didn’t speak to Messi much at that time but did tell him “it’s only one more year and then new people will come...”

The defender’s comments come in the same week that he took a pay cut and extended his contract until 2024 and, perhaps more interestingly, just a day before the first Clasico of the season at the Camp Nou.