After a very disappointing ending to last season, Barcelona President Joan Laporta wanted to talk with Gerard Piqué. During this conversation important topics were discussed, such as the continuity of Ronald Koeman, Pique’s salary and much more.
According to a report by news outlet AS, Gerard Piqué and Joan Laporta met last week in order to discuss a few key issues. The President of Barça wanted to know the opinion of the players regarding why the season ended the way it did and also what they felt regarding their manager. Laporta asked for their input concerning the continuity of the Dutch manager. This was part of his 15 day period to look at other options of managers.
Additionally, the issue of salaries was also discussed. The Spanish outlet holds that the center-back was very open to restructuring his current contract, which currently is around 16 million Euros. Piqué would be willing to largely reduce his wage and transfer a significant amount to milestones. This would make Gerard the first veteran player to accept a reduced paycheck. The club hopes it will work out the same way with Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba.
Finally, the two also discussed continuity of the defender. With the arrival of Èric García and the eruption to the first team of both Óscar Mingueza and Ronald Araujo, the central defense seems overbooked. However, it seems as if Umtiti and Lenglet will be on the exit ramp this summer, allowing Piqué to still have a spot in the team.