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Gerard Pique is SET by Barcelona as boss Xavi tells his old team-mate to leave just days before the defender split from Shakira

GERARD PIQUE has reportedly been told by Barcelona manager Xavi that he is no longer wanted at the club.

The 35-year-old recently split from long-term partner Shakira after it was claimed the footballer had been unfaithful.

Pique has been told he can leave the Nou Camp this summer

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Pique has been told he can leave the Nou Camp this summerPhoto credit: Getty
Barcelona manager Xavi is a former teammate of Pique

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Barcelona manager Xavi is a former teammate of PiquePhoto credit: FC Barcelona

And Spanish outlet SPORT are now reporting that Pique has also been sacked by his club.

They say that the Barca legend was told two weeks ago that he is no longer wanted due to his ‘unprofessional behavior off the field’ and his ‘deteriorating physical condition’.

Manager Xavi is also said to have told Pique that he is not in his plans.

Moreover, the Catalan giants’ coach has a problem with the defender’s business interests off the pitch.

Xavi and Pique were team-mates for several years during the club’s heyday, during which they won three Champions Leagues in six years.

But that hasn’t affected the manager’s opinion on the Spanish centre-back’s current abilities.

Barcelona owe Pique £34.3m in deferred payments but the club hope the player leaves with dignity.

The cash-strapped Catalans reportedly even want Pique to write off some of the money owed to him.

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Pique’s former centre-back Carles Puyol left Barcelona in 2014 with two years left on his contract.

And the LaLiga side are keen for Pique to leave in a similar way amicably – his current contract doesn’t expire until 2024.

However, there is no sign that he is ready – he is reportedly ready to stay and regain his form.

But he could be forced to one side as Barca are looking to bring in a variety of defenders this summer.

They will sign Chelsea centre-back Andreas Christensen, with fellow Blues Cesar Azpilicueta and Jules Kounde also being linked from Sevilla.

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