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‘It’s Barbaric’: Gerard Pique Slams Bartomeu And Way FC Barcelona Is Run On Eve Of El Clasico

Gerard Pique has slammed president Josep Bartomeu and the way FC Barcelona is run on the eve of El Clasico.

To Catalonia’s biggest newspaper, La Vanguardia, the 33-year-old gave a wide-ranging interview in which mismanagement behind the scenes at the Camp Nou was among the chief topics.

“It’s barbaric that the club has spent money criticizing us,” ran the headline. It is of course a reference to the I3 Ventures scandal, which allegedly found Jaume Masferre leading a project that saw the La Liga giants hiring said company to besmirch the reputations of Pique, Lionel Messi, his wife and others on social media.

“He [Masferre] is still working at the club and that is very painful,” Pique admitted, though he did stress that his relationship with Bartomeu is “cordial”.

Despite this, Pique questioned the controversial figure’s decision to fire Ernesto Valverde halfway through the 2019/2020 campaign, when the Blaugrana were defending their Spanish top flight title in pole position.

Quique Setien then came in, and before ceding the crown to bitter rivals Real Madrid, Barça were humiliated on the continent through an 8-2 pummeling administered by eventual winners Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals.

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“I didn’t think it was consistent to kick the coach out mid-season [when we were] leading and [after] having won the previous two leagues,” were Pique’s exact words.

Additionally, the veteran is “surprised people like [Pep] Guardiola, Xavi, [Carles] Puyol or [Victor] Valdes aren’t at the club”. “You have to keep them always, they are part of the history of Barça,” he stressed.

While Guardiola was also blasted online as part of the I3 Ventures furor, former skipper Puyol last year refused a backroom role offered to him. Elsewhere, it is believed that Xavi, currently managing Al-Sadd in Qatar, will not return until Bartomeu has been ousted and presidential hopeful Victor Font has taken over the reins.

Yet even considering such a mess, Pique did not hesitate to sign a two-year extension to his current deal, which was announced on Tuesday evening and will see him stay at his boyhood outfit until 2022.

“Barça have given me everything, so I have made myself available to them,” it was explained.

Source: Forbes – Business

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