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Gerard Pique extends FC Barcelona deal till 2022

Gerard Pique, who has been an increasingly steady presence as centre-back for FC Barcelona since 2008, has extended his contract with the La Liga club till 2022.

football Updated: Jan 18, 2018 16:26 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse, Barcelona
Gerard Pique,FC Barcelona,Real Madrid
FC Barcelona's Spanish defender Gerard Pique has extended his contract with the club till 2022. (AFP)

Resurgent Barcelona were given a fresh boost Thursday when key defender Gerard Pique signed a contract extension until 2022.

Having recently lost Brazilian superstar Neymar in an aggressive contract buy out by Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona have put a 500 million euros ($611 million) buy out clause in Pique’s new contract.

“The club and the player have agreed terms on a new deal through to June 30, 2022. We will announce when the official signing will take place in a couple of days,” Barcelona said on their website.

The 30-year-old joined Barcelona from Manchester United in 2008 and has proved an increasingly steady presence as centre-back for them.

The 6ft 4in (1.94m) Pique was part of the Spain national football team that won the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championships.

Barcelona currently top La Liga with a nine points lead over Atletico Madrid, but are an impressive 19 points clear of fourth placed arch-rivals Real Madrid.

First Published: Jan 18, 2018 16:26 IST