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Barcelona president Laporta: Pique will play for us next season

Barcelona president Joan Laporta insists Gerard Pique has their full support.

There is talk of Laporta asking Pique to leave the club due to the publicity swirling around him after his split from Shakira and other off the field activities.

But at the club's assembly, Laporta said: "Piqué is suffering. As much as we imagine, we have in our imagination players with fame, money and everything we like, but they are people and Piqué is a great person. He is one of the captains, he is lucky, and he has given us a lot and he has to give us a lot.

"He has chosen to continue being a professional footballer. He had the duality of being a businessman or a footballer and he has chosen footballer. And he has gone through a circumstance that is not at all pleasant, with children at a very young age and Piqué deserves the esteem and affection of the Culés, do not pay attention to the news that try to make him look like a frivolous man, without feelings and who does not care about anything.

"I am lucky to know him and to have treated him as a person. He is an extraordinary person who is suffering. And we have to help him. I will be the first to give him the love he deserves."

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