Gerard Pique and Shakira have called it quits after 11 years together
For several seasons, the Spanish centre-back has been a key figure for the Catalan giants, and he wants to make sure he is ready to play when the season begins next season.
Pique, who is under contract at the Nou Camp until 2024, was forced to miss the final weeks of the season as his adductor tendinopathy in the left thigh worsened against Mallorca.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the 35-year-old is already 100 percent focused on returning in time for pre-season on July 4, as he continues his rehabilitation from the injury that interrupted his season early.
Xavi will expect to have all of his defensive options, including newcomer Andreas Christensen, at his disposal, including the World Cup winner.
This news comes after Pique and Shakira announced their breakup earlier today.
The Colombian singer, 45, has announced that she is no longer with her footballer beau, 35, after an 11-year relationship and two children together.
In a statement, Shakira said, “We hate to confirm that we are parting ways.” We ask that you respect our children’s privacy, since their safety is our primary concern. ‘I appreciate your patience.’
The pair had been dating since 2011, when they met while filming a music video for her World Cup song Waka Waka the previous year.
Piqué’s team won the World Cup that year, and his soon-to-be girlfriend played in the final.
The two mega-stars’ affair didn’t completely take off until the beginning of 2011, despite the fact that they communicated in 2010.
In the fall of 2012, Shakira utilized her Instagram platform to inform to fans that she was pregnant with the football star’s son.
Only two years after the birth of their son Milan, the couple announced they were expecting their second child, Sasha, who was born in 2015.
Despite the fact that the couple has declared publicly that they have no plans to marry, they have decided to start a family.