Barcelona: The Xavi-Pique talk: I want you at Barcelona, but I want you at 100 percent

While a Xavi-Gerard Pique breakup would certainly make headlines, it seems as though those rumours aren’t correct, at least for the time being.

As MARCA reported on Monday, Xavi spoke with Pique a few days ago and made something very clear to the defender.

“I want you in my team next season (he has two years left on his contract) but I want you at 100 percent,” is more or less how that chat went.

The conversation was an informative one, as the coach wanted to know first-hand how one of the team’s leaders was doing. Xavi’s interest was on three levels:

Personal

Following the split from Shakira, Xavi wanted to know how the person, rather than the footballer, was holding up.

Physical

Injuries have slowed Pique down, as he’s still recovering from a thigh issue suffered back in May. Pique’s goal is to continue treatment and be ready for the start of the pre-season.

Motivational

The coach and club want Pique to be fully focused on football. No business, no Kosmos, no Davis Cup. Football and only football. If he can focus on just that, then he will be an important figure for Barcelona next season. Pique said he’s willing to take on that challenge.

That said, Pique is 35 years old and can no longer play in every match. He only featured in 27 league matches last year, but he looked good in all of them.

Even with the rise of Ronald Araujo, Xavi is ready to insert Pique in the starting line-up whenever he can, as long as he is at 100 percent.