SANT JOAN DESPI, Barcelona – FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique said on Saturday that he won’t play again with Spain’s national soccer squad, despite the selection beginning a new stage with his former coach with Barcelona, Luis Enrique Martinez.
“I spoke with Luis Enrique one or two weeks ago. He called me and I told him I had taken that decision some time ago and that it was a decision I had thought about a lot,” he told a press conference before the Spanish Super Cup final that will pit Barça against Sevilla on Sunday.
Pique noted that his time as a defender with the national selection was “very beautiful,” since he had been with the team that won the European Cup and the World Cup, but now that’s all in the past.
“Now I want to concentrate on Barça. I hope I have many years here and I want to really enjoy them,” he said.