Gerard Pique told Barcelona president Joan Laporta that he would become the best defender in the world.

Barcelona legend Gerard Pique has reportedly challenged president Joan Laporta for a new defender this summer.

The 35-year-old allegedly told the club president that he would be a centre-back regardless of whether a world-class defender came.

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Defender Gerard Pique believes he still has a big role to play at Barcelonacredit: Getty
Pique is alleged to have told Laporta he will be a key player at the Nou Camp next season

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Pique is alleged to have told Laporta he will be a key player at the Nou Camp next seasonCredit: Environmental Protection Agency

This is despite coach Xavi telling the former Manchester United man he is not in his plans for next season.

He is said to have been told two weeks ago that he was no longer wanted due to his “unprofessional behavior off the pitch” and “his deteriorating physical condition”.

Pique, who is restricted at the Nou Camp until 2024, made 39 appearances in all competitions during the 2021-22 season, but missed his last four LaLiga games through injury.

The 2010 World Cup winner is still confident that he can prove his ability at the highest level even though he is entering the twilight of his career.

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Spanish reporter Xavi Valls provided an update on Pique’s future when he appeared on Onze onze Esport3.

It has been suggested that the three-time Champions League winner has no intention of leaving Catalonia, and would instead agree to a pay cut to help Barcelona sign the best players.

He also promised to be in top physical shape at the start of the next semester as he will report to the training ground every day during pre-season.

Such was his belief in his own abilities that he told Laporta he would be a regular member of Xavi’s starting line-up.

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sportsLaporta have allegedly admitted to Pique that a top defender is coming.

He said: I will be the first.

“If you dare, bring in the best centre-back in the world and he will come in as a substitute.”

It is said that Barcelona will compete with Chelsea in the race for Frenchman Jules Conde from Sevilla.

It is also understood that Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly will be an option as he enters the final year of his contract.

Meanwhile, the Blaugrana are believed to have agreed a deal to take Andreas Christensen on a free transfer when the Blues deal expires at the end of the month.

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